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Pre Trial Motions Example

Pre Trial Motions Example

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Chapter 1
 
PRE-TRIAL MOTIONS
 
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION
1A. MOTION FOR PRETRIAL DISCOVERYMotion for Pretrial Discovery 3B. MOTIONS REQUIRING TESTIMONYMotion to Suppress Evidence pursuant to P.C. §1538.5 15Common Law Motion to Suppress Evidence 24Motion to Exclude Trombetta Advisement and Response 32C. MOTIONS CHALLENGING THE ARRESTING OFFICER’S OPINIONSAND CONCLUSIONS; SUPPRESSION OF ADMISSIONS FOR LACK OFCORPUS DELICTI; AND EXCLUSION OF HORIZONTAL GAZENYSTAGMUS
Motion to Exclude Testimony concerning the Arresting Officer’s
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 Opinions and Conclusions about (1) Definitions of the Law,(2) Whether the Law has been violated, (3) Defendant’s guiltor innocenceMotion to Suppress Statements for Lack of Corpus Delicti
44
 Motion to Exclude Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Observation and/or
48
 Blood Alcohol Correlation
 
 
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D. MOTIONS CHALLENGING THE SCIENTIFIC VALIDITY OFTHE DUI INVESTIGATION AND CHEMICAL TEST RESULTS
 Motion to Exclude PAS Test
54
 Motion to Exclude Irrelevant Chemical Test Results (If PAS admissible)
72
 
E. REFUSALS
Motion to Exclude Chemical Test Refusal: "Confusion" Doctrine
77F. "HOUSEKEEPING" MOTIONS
Motion to Limit Comments of the Prosecutor
81
 Motion to Preclude Prosecutor from Conferring with Prosecution Witness
85
Motions to Vacate a Prior
89
 
G. ROADBLOCK/SPOT CHECKS
Motion to Exclude Evidence Based Upon Unlawful Roadblock/Spot Check 
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INTRODUCTION
 Aggressive pretrial motion practice is an important part of our representation strategy.There are numerous meritorious pretrial motions that can be filed in a driving under the influencecase. Our office files between 5 and 10 pretrial motions in most of the cases we take on. Asuccessful pretrial motion can result in the case being dismissed, reduced or, at the very least, theprosecution’s case being weakened.This chapter contains some of the pretrial motions that we frequently file. Generally, wefile pretrial motions that attack all of the evidence gathered at each of the critical stages of thedriving under the influence case. In many instances, we will file several different types of motions attacking the same piece of evidence. For example, we file a P.C. §1538.5 motion tosuppress evidence and also a common law motion to suppress evidence attacking among otherthings, the chemical test results. We challenge the admissibility of the defendant’s statements attrial through the common law motion to suppress as well as Evidence Code Section 402 motionsand corpus delicti motions when appropriate.By using this multi motion approach, you can increase the chances of eliminating theevidence you want out. This approach also informs the prosecution at an early stage that you areready to zealously defend your client and that this is not going to be just another "routine DUIcase".The success of each one of these motions depends on the facts of each individual caseand the climate of the court that the case is before. The motions illustrated here are by no meansall inclusive. They are just representative of some of the things that we currently do.

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