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April 28, 2014

2014 CO 28. No. 13SA292. People v. Knedler.
Miranda Advisement—Knowing and Intelligent Waiver.

In this interlocutory appeal, the Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s order suppressing defendant’s statements. The trial court erred by suppressing defendant’s statements based solely on his level of intoxication, because chemical analysis of blood or breath alcohol content alone is not sufficient for a court to conclude that a defendant’s waiver was not knowing and intelligent. The trial court should have considered the totality of the circumstances. The Court reversed the trial court’s order, holding that defendant made a knowing and intelligent waiver of his Fifth Amendment Miranda rights before making the statements.

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