Pre-Trial Motions in
Criminal Defense Cases
Opening statements to the jury, fierce cross-examinations, and closing arguments in a trial make for compelling television. What is less dramatic and not so often shown, but what will often have much more to do with the outcome of a case, is a motion to dismiss or a motion to suppress evidence that defense lawyers might present to the judge before the actual trial ever begins. These “pre-trial motions” are the foundation and “work horse” of any criminal case.
Preparing to Win, Preparing to Lose
The Shellow Group* has been highly effective in using pre-trial motions to exclude evidence that hurts its clients and to admit evidence that is beneficial to their cases. We believe that much of this success is due to the fact that we do not use “boilerplate” forms or “cut-and-paste” techniques when crafting pre-trial motions on behalf of our clients. People do not come out of a mold and we believe that our work should not either.