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Know Your Rights: Important Constitutional Rights for Criminal Defendants

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Everyone knows that they have “rights,” but do you know exactly what those rights are or where they come from? The United States Constitution provides each citizen with protections against improper governmental action, including police misconduct and wrongful convictions. For a defendant facing criminal charges, it is important that you know what your constitutional rights are so you can exercise those rights. In reality, the U.S. Constitution is not on everyone’s reading list and you might not be familiar with all the protections you are afforded by it.

If you are facing criminal charges, you must seek legal counsel from a Mount Holly Criminal Defense Attorney in order to receive proper representation.

Constitutional Rights Important For Your Criminal Proceedings

There are several Articles and Amendments that make up the Constitution that provide us with the right to justice and more. Here are just some of the most important rights that a Mount Holly criminal defense attorney ensures are protected for criminal defendants.

  • Fourth Amendment. This amendment protects you against unreasonable searches and seizures, and provides the basis for the exclusionary rule that precludes improperly obtained evidence from being entered into evidence in a criminal proceeding. Unless there is probable cause or exigent circumstance, police must have a warrant to perform a search someone’s property or home.
  • Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment contains many important rights pertaining to criminal proceedings. Most commonly known is the right to remain silent so as not to incriminate oneself. Additionally, you must be read your Miranda Rights prior to custodial interrogation. Double Jeopardy ensures that you can’t be prosecuted for the same offense more than once if you’ve been acquitted, or if the case has been dismissed after the jury has been empaneled and sworn in or the judge has begun to hear evidence in a bench trial. Your right to due process makes certain that specific procedures are followed to provide a fair trial.
  • Sixth Amendment. There are many rights included in this amendment, some of which include the right to a jury trial, the right to be informed of the charges being filed against you, the right to legal representation, the right to confront witnesses against you (cross-examine), and the right to a speedy trial (no undue delays).

Review Your Rights with a Mount Holly Criminal Defense Attorney

It’s important to know these rights and more. If you’re concerned that your rights are being violated, or you are just in need of legal representation in any criminal matter, make sure you speak with Mark Catanzaro, highly skilled Mount Holly criminal defense attorney. Contact his office today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.


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