Getting arrested and charged with a crime can be a terrifying experience. Should you ever find yourself in this situation, however, the U.S. Constitution guarantees you certain rights. Here’s a look at some of those constitutional rights and the legal history behind them.
The Charges Against You
Throughout English history, individuals were routinely imprisoned on charges they knew nothing about. When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they were determined not to allow this misappropriation of justice happen in their new republic. In the United States, individuals who’ve been accused of crimes have seven specific protections under the Sixth Amendment.
• The right to be informed of the nature of the accusations against them
• The right to a speedy trial
• The right to a public trial
• The right to be judged by an impartial jury of their peers
• The right to … Read More