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TIMOTHY LEE MERCER v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Traffic stop

This is an appeal from Timothy Lee Mercer’s 2015 conviction, in the Circuit Court for Howard County, for driving while under the influence of alcohol. He contends that the trial court erred when it did not suppress evidence that the State obtained through an unlawful traffic stop. Following the suppression hearing, Mercer pled not guilty and submitted his case on an agreed statement of facts. The court found him guilty and sentenced him to one year in prison, with all but two weekends suspended. We are tasked with determining whether “the trial court err[ed] in denying appellant’s motion to suppress?”

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