Maryland DUI Charges Dismissed After Suppression Hearing
The Law Office of Ross W. Albers got their client’s Maryland DUI charges dismissed. My client’s Maryland DUI charges were dropped by the State’s Attorney’s Office after the Court granted my motion to suppress the police stop.
My client was charged with drinking and driving after a police officer watched him parallel park and strike the car behind him. My client failed the field sobriety tests and refused the breathalyzer.
Maryland DUI Charges Dismissed because Police Stop Suppressed
The prosecutor offered my client a plea to the DUI and jail.
I advised that I thought the police stop was bad and wanted a motion to suppress hearing. Police officers can stop people if they have a reasonable articulable suspicion that criminal activity has occurred, is occurring, or is about to occur.
In this case, my client was stopped for a bad parallel parking job.
The State called its first witness: the police officer who wrote the report, but did not observe the alleged accident or conduct the initial stop of my client.
This officer testified that he responded to a call for a vehicle crash. Upon arrival, the observing officer was already there with my client.
Essentially, the reporting officer had no personal knowledge regarding the stop.
My argument was simple: the State could not prove the stop was reasonable because the observing officer had never testified.
The judge agreed with my argument and ruled that the State could not prove that the observing officer had probable cause to stop my client, since this officer never testified.
The State then drop all charges against my client.
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If you have been arrested for a Maryland DUI, Baltimore City DUI, Carroll County DUI, Harford County DUI, or Frederick County DUI, then contact Maryland DWI Attorney Ross W. Albers for a free consultation.
Maryland Attorney Ross W. Albers is a former Baltimore City prosecutor. The Law Office of Ross W. Albers is located in Carroll County and handles the following matters throughout Maryland: criminal defense, driving under the influence defense, juvenile defense, peace orders, personal injury, and small claims litigation. Call 443/457-3890 to speak directly to Attorney Ross W. Albers.