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Cops building a case with misleading questions

Can Police, Detectives, And Prosecutors Ask Misleading Questions When Building A Case?

In the U.S. criminal justice system, building a case against a criminal defendant requires the gathering of physical evidence (such as a weapon or stolen property discovered in the defendant’s possession), forensic evidence (such as fingerprints or DNA that would link the defendant to the crime), and face-to-face questioning of witnesses and potential suspects. Law … Continued

How to have a speedy trial

What Constitutes A Speedy Trial?

The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights states that, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury…” But what constitutes a “speedy trial,” and how is this standard maintained for all defendants?   The Amendment was constructed in this way to … Continued

Man lying under oath committing perjury

Perjury—What Happens If You Lie Under Oath?

In the U.S. criminal justice system, judges and juries make their determinations of guilt or innocence based upon the evidence presented during a trial. Some of this evidence may take the form of documents, electronic records, photographs, or even objects, while other evidence is revealed through the spoken or written testimony of witnesses. It is … Continued

8th amendment challenged by court cases

5 Cases That Challenged The 8th Amendment

The U.S. Constitution was written with many built-in protections for American citizens. The first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, define these protections in detail.  The 8th Amendment states that, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Drawn almost verbatim from … Continued

Gavel part of the bail bonding process in Gwinnett County, GA

The Bail And Bonding Process In Gwinnett County, GA

Being arrested, booked, and charged with a crime can be a frightening and disorienting experience, especially for first-time offenders. The way arrestees are processed differs slightly by jurisdiction, so it’s not always easy to know what to expect. When can you contact your family? When will you be brought before a judge? How is bail … Continued

Law dial showing difference between state and federal court system

Differences In Pretrial Release Rules: State vs Federal Courts

In the United States legal system, state and federal crimes are handled differently. Whether a defendant is prosecuted in state or federal court depends largely on the nature of the charges and where the alleged crime was committed. Federal crimes, for example, may include: Any crime that involves two or more state jurisdictions (such as … Continued

Can Police Lie?

Can Police Or Prosecutors Lie?

The U.S. criminal justice system functions at its best when all participants act in good faith.  We’ve all seen TV shows where witnesses testifying in court swear to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” But what happens when police or prosecutors lie under oath? Though rare, it does happen with … Continued

Have The Right To Speak With An Attorney

When Do You Have The Right To Speak With An Attorney?

The rights of a citizen who has been accused of a crime are central to U.S. democracy. As a nation, we’ve long prided ourselves on granting due process to each defendant, regardless of charge or ability to afford an attorney. Let’s look at the law, how it’s changed, and the ways in which it affects … Continued

Firing your lawyer

What If I Want To Fire My Lawyer?

The attorney-client relationship was conceived as being beneficial to both parties (just like the relationship between a defendant and a knowledgeable bail bond agent is beneficial to both parties). The client gains the experience and labor of the attorney and the attorney advocates for the client in return for financial compensation. But sometimes these relationships … Continued