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PATRICK HOWELL v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Traffic stop

Patrick Howell, appellant, was charged in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City with four counts of possession of a firearm following a disqualifying conviction. Before trial, Mr. Howell moved to suppress the firearm from evidence based on his contention that it was obtained in a search that violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The court denied the motion. Mr. Howell then entered a conditional plea of guilty to one count of illegal possession of a firearm. The court found sufficient factual basis for the plea and convicted Mr. Howell of that offense. 1 On appeal, Mr. Howell contends that the court erred …

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