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6th Amendment

Lea en español 6th Amendment Legal Definition The 6th Amendment contains five principles that affect the rights of a defendant in a criminal prosecution: the right to a speedy and public trial, the right to be tried by an impartial jury, the right to be informed of the charges, the right to confront and call […]

Electronic Surveillance

Lea en español Using electronic devices to keep surveillance over a person may implicate the investigated individual’s Fourth Amendment rights. One form of electronic surveillance is attaching a “bug” to a person’s telephone line or to a phone booth and recording the phone conversation. Courts have held that this practice constitutes a search under the […]

Search & Seizure Law

Lea en español The 4th Amendment protects two fundamental liberty interests: the right to privacy and the right to freedom from arbitrary invasion. A search occurs when a government employee or agent violates a reasonable expectation of privacy. A seizure is the interference with an individual’s possessory interest in property. The property’s owner must have […]

Fundamental Rights of the Accused

Lea en español 5th Amendment Rights Under the 5th Amendment, you have the right to refuse to answer questions, or make statements, that might incriminate you. This applies at any stage of a criminal investigation or prosecution. The 5th Amendment also contains the Due Process Clause, which protects you from suffering certain consequences without due […]