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
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Provided by: Kevin Smith, Attorney at Law
Intent is the determining factor between murder and manslaughter. Read this article to better understand the difference. Read More »
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Provided by: Richard J Banta, P.C.
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Provided by: The Clark Law Firm
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Provided by: Law Office of Rob McKinney
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