Third-Degree DWI Case Dismissed: 05/18/2012
- Date: 5/18/2012
- Location: Hennepin County District Court
- Charge(s): Third-Degree (Gross Misdemeanor) DWI (Minn. Stat. Sec. 169A.20.1(1))
- Result: The Court held the state trooper made an illegal/unconstitutional traffic stop and granted an order suppressing evidence and dismissing the case based on lack of probable cause.
- Result Explanation: Attorney Thomas A. Wilson researched, drafted and submitted a pretrial motion to suppress evidence, and upon the event of suppression, dismissal of the case for lack of probable cause, arguing that the state trooper’s traffic stop of his client was illegal and his client’s right to counsel prior to the blood test was not vindicated. At the suppression hearing Mr. Wilson cross examined the state trooper and offered a video of the stop into evidence. The video evidence was a crucial element in showing that the trooper’s stop was illegal.