Suczynski Defends Woman’s Fourth Amendment Rights in DWI Case

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Matthew Suczynski is defending Dorothy Verkerk in her DWI appeal on the basis that police violated her Fourth Amendment rights when gathering evidence.

Matthew Suczynski, a North Carolina attorney, has been defending Dorothy Verkerk in a May 2011 incident in which Verkerk was charged with DWI.

Verkerk was arrested and charged with DWI, but a Sept. 2013 ruling by the N.C. Court of Appeals states that the stop may have been an illegal search and seizure that violated her constitutional rights. (Court Case No. COA12-1579).

Suczynski has sought to suppress the evidence police got from Shatley, citing her Fourth Amendment protection from illegal search and seizure. The argument was that Shatley acted as a government officer because he turned on his fire truck lights and siren when stopping Verkerk, and did not have authority to enforce traffic laws. Read more about the case in a Sept. 23 article in the Raleigh News and Observer at

The case is now before the North Carolina Supreme Court to address the constitutional issues raised. Verkerk could go free, or have her conviction reinstated.

The Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski, PLLC has locations in Chapel Hill and Durham. It practices in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense, DWI defense, traffic defense, and personal injury. For more information, visit its website at, or call 919-619-3242.

About the Company
The Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski, PLLC’s goal is to provide personal representation to every client. Matthew focuses his representation on individuals accused of crimes, involved in civil litigation, or injured by the acts of another. Matthew has extensive experience appearing in courtrooms throughout North Carolina. As such, he understands that every situation is different and tailors the representation in order to obtain the best outcome possible for each client. At the Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski, PLLC, clients will receive personal representation whether the case is a minor traffic offense or a serious felony.

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