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Failure of Officer to Ask Driver to take Field Sobriety Test Unlawful Motion to Suppress Granted

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Aug 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Driving under influence -- Search and seizure -- Field sobriety exercises -- Where defendant, who was lawfully stopped and detained, was never asked if he would consent to field sobriety exercises, but merely submitted to trooper's show of apparent authority that would lead reasonable person to conclude that he was not free to leave or refuse. Motion to suppress exercises is granted. Post-arrest evidence is also suppressed where there was no probable cause for arrest without evidence of exercises.

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John P. Rutkowski

Mr. Rutkowski has been practicing law for the past twenty-seven years. Prior to going to law school Mr. Rutkowski served as a deputy sheriff before retiring to attend law school. Upon graduating law school Mr. Rutkowski served as an Assistant State Attorney in Florida before going in to private practice and representing good people in bad times who have been accused of criminal offenses, dui, and appeals.

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