How can I get a statement supressed

Asked over 1 year ago - Brooklyn, NY

What can I do if an officers statement is different from his memobook

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  1. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . That is a basis to impeach the officer's testimony but not to suppress assuming proper notice was given.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  2. Joseph A Lo Piccolo

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    Answered . Your attorney should challenge it by either moving for preclusion if they are substantially different or challenging the accuracy of the statement and therefore the constitutional safeguards surrounding 5th amendment rights.


    Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
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    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a... more
  3. Howard A. Schwartz

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    Answered . You have to speak to your attorney to discuss all the facts surronding the questioning in order to see if grounds exist to have the statement suppressed. If not he or she will use the differences at trial. Good luck.

    I have been a criminal attorney in New York for almost 25 years. website: Brooklynlaw.net Phone #: 718-208-6094... more
  4. John M. Cromwell

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    Answered . Prior statements of witnesses (including officers) are generally inadmissible by the party calling the witness and therefore don't need to be suppressed. If the officer's statement differs from his memobook, those inconsistencies can be brought out on cross examination.

  5. John J. Carney

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    Answered . Not all statements are confessions or admissions, but if what the officer claims you said in incriminating your lawyer will ask for a Huntley Hearing. This hearing will be granted and thee issue will be the voluntariness and accuracy of the statement, whether you were in custody and being interrogated, whether it was spontaneous, and if it was coerced. If the statement in his notebook is different from the 710.30 notice or Voluntary Disclosure it is an issue for cross-examination and will effect he weight it will be given, not it's admissibility. Your lawyer can discredit the officer with the two versions unless they are virtually identical.

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