Colorado v. Munoz-GutierrezAnnotate this Case
In an interlocutory appeal, the State sought the Supreme Court's review of a trial court order suppressing marijuana that police discovered in a car registered to and driven by defendant-appellee Ramiro Munoz-Gutierrez. The trial court found that the State did not establish that defendant voluntarily consented to the search of his car. After review, the Supreme Court found that the trial court applied the wrong legal standard, and held that defendant indeed voluntarily consented to the search. Under the totality of the circumstances, the police's conduct did not overbear defendant's exercise of free will. Accordingly, the Court reversed the trial court's suppression order and remanded the case for further proceedings.