At every step of the criminal process, a person suspected or accused of a crime has certain fundamental rights - such as the right to a lawyer and the right to a speedy trial. Upholding these rights ensures a balance between the government's interest in punishing wrongdoers and the basic need to protect individual freedoms that form the foundation of a democratic society. The articles in this section of the KnowledgeBase have been submitted by attorneys to help familiarize you with the multitude of statutes, cases and constitutional provisions that govern the criminal justice system.
Recent FindLaw Criminal Law Articles
- Times change: Don’t let old school marijuana law harsh your buzz on 4/20
Provided by: Moses & Rooth, Attorneys at Law
You think you know a thing or two about grass? Well, what you might not know is the dark history of how and why marijuana became an illicit substance. Read More »
- California East Bay sees spike in police stings, but are they legal?
Provided by: The Law Office of John W. Noonan
Today, police often use online police stings to target individuals soliciting sex in exchange for money. But are police stings legal? How are they different from entrapment? Read More »
- Using expungement and sealing to clear your criminal record in Illinois
Provided by: Law Office of Stephen L. Richards
Expungement and record sealing can help erase the negative effects of an arrest or conviction of a minor crime. Read More »
- California synagogue director pleads guilty to embezzlement
Provided by: Law Offices of John D. Kirby, A P.C.
A director of a California synagogue has pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from the congregation. Read More »
- New domestic violence policy could mean scheduled check-ins in New York
Provided by: Adler & Karliner
Did you know that if someone accuses you of domestic violence, NYPD officers could start showing up at your door for periodic check-ins? Read More »