SUPPRESSION HEARING

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A Suppression Hearing or a (3.6 Hearing in lawyer-speak) is when the court rules on a motion, typically filed by a defendent or his lawyer, to keep physical evidence, identification evidence, etc. out of trial. 

Police have to follow procedures when they obtain evidence.  When they fail to follow the rules, the evidence can be barred from use during trial, for example a confession hearing, a successful suppression motion by a defense may result in a dismissal depending on what evidence was suppressed and if other evidence remains. 

A briefing schedule for this type of hearing is typically set at the omnibus hearing if a motion and brief hasn’t been filed prior to the omnibus hearing.

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