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.
- Supreme Court considers deportation for drug crimes conviction
Provided by: Murphy & Price, LLP
Conviction of a crime may lead to deportation for immigrants. It is important that these individuals understand what may happen if they simply plead guilty to these charges. Read More »
- New legislation in Minnesota increases synthetic drug penalties
Provided by: Bass Law Firm, PLLC
A mass synthetic drug overdose at a house party two years ago resulted in modification of the language in certain drug statutes. Read More »
- Vehicle searches in New York: What are your rights?
Provided by: DeRoberts Law Firm
Drivers sometimes feel powerless when they get pulled over because they are not aware of their rights and fear for the worst. Read More »
- Three Nevada residents indicted for mortgage-lending fraud
Provided by: Sprenz & Associates, P.C.
Three Nevada residents have been charged with fraud in relation to a mortgage lending scheme. Read More »
- Bucking the data, more juveniles being charged, punished as adults
Provided by: Timothy J. Quick, Attorney at Law
Do you know when a juvenile can wind up in adult court under Virginia law? Read More »