motion to suppress
motion to suppress see motion

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

motion to suppress
n.
In a criminal case, a request to exclude evidence that has been obtained illegally.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


motion to suppress
A request made by a defendant in a criminal trial that the court refuse to allow a particular piece of evidence to be admitted at trial, because that evidence was obtained illegally or in violation of the defendant's rights.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

motion to suppress
n.
   a motion (usually on behalf of a criminal defendant) to disallow certain evidence in an upcoming trial. Example: a confession which the defendant alleges was signed while he was drunk or without the reading of his Miranda rights. Since the motion is made at the threshold of the trial, it is a motion in limine, which is Latin for "at the threshold."
   See also: motion, in limine

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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