Georgia Court of Appeals rules that trial court erroneously denied motorist’s motion to suppress evidence found in his car.
The Georgia Court of Appeals recently ruled that a Georgia trial court erred in denying a motorist’s motion to suppress evidence of illegal drugs that police found in his car after they stopped him for not having a current registration decal visible on his car tag. The police, after stopping the motorist for not having a current registration decal visible on his car tag, were able to see the current registration decal as they approached the car. Instead of letting the motorist go after observing the decal when they approached the car, the police continued to detain the motorist and question him, because he looked “nervous.” The Court ruled that the detention was longer than was necessary to effectuate the original purpose of the stop, and was not lawful. Please contact Rumsey & Ramsey at (770) 394-9400 to discuss the facts of your case with an attorney.