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People v. Munoz, G039305

In a criminal case involving a Fourth Amendment privacy claim related to evidence uncovered during a search of a motel room occupied by defendant, suppression of evidence is affirmed where: 1) in the absence of conclusive evidence demonstrating defendant was aware that one of the bills she used to secure an additional day's lodging was counterfeit, and thus that she intended to defraud the motel, court must presume she did not; and 2) a motel occupant who unknowingly pays for her lodging with counterfeit money, and without any intention to defraud, does not lose her reasonable expectation of privacy in the room.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 09/29/2008
  • Published 09/29/2008

Judges

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney, and Raymond S. Armstrong, Deputy District Attorney, for Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Deborah A. Kwast, Public Defender, Thomas J. Havlena, Assistant Public Defender, Kevin J. Phillips and Scott Van Camp, Deputy Public Defenders, for Defendant and Respondent Alma Lilia Munoz., Gary V. Crooks, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Respondent Gilbert Abraham Prado.
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