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Bench Vs. Jury Trials—When and How Is Each Used?

In the U.S. criminal justice system, cases may be presented either before a judge and jury (jury trial) or before a judge or magistrate alone (bench trial). If you are charged with a criminal offense, you (as the defendant) have the option of choosing a jury or bench trial. The systems differ in a few … Continued

Do I Have to Take the Stand at my Own Trail?

Do I Have to Take The Stand In My Own Trial?

Being arrested and charged with a crime can be a difficult time, both for defendants and their families. If this is your first encounter with the criminal justice system, you’ll likely have many questions about your case, the charges facing you, and how to proceed. After being arrested, you may want to enlist the services … Continued

How Juries Are Selected

How Are Juries Selected?

If you’re not familiar with the criminal justice system, the process of jury selection may seem somewhat confusing. Serving as a juror in America is both a duty and an essential part of the way our justice system operates. Let’s take a closer look at how jurors are selected. Juror Selection Potential jurors are selected … Continued

Understanding Boating Under the Influence

Understanding Boating Under The Influence (BUI)

Like drunk driving, operating a boat while intoxicated can result in significant property loss, injury, and even death. So most states have strict laws to discourage impaired persons from operating watercraft. Let’s look at how these laws work to protect Georgia’s waterways—and what they mean for defendants. Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Basics In Georgia, … Continued

Which Conversations Are Considered “Privileged” Under The Law

Which Conversations Are Considered “Privileged” Under The Law?

While there is no specific “right to privacy” defined within the U.S. Constitution, both state and federal laws do include several protections for what is termed “privileged” conversations or communications, governing what can (and cannot) be divulged in court. Here, we’ll take a look at what types of relationships can be deemed “privileged,” what that … Continued

What is hearsay evidence

What Is Hearsay Evidence and When Can It Be Used in Court?

If you’ve ever been present at a court trial or have seen court dramas on TV, you’ve likely heard the terms “hearsay” or “hearsay evidence.“ But what exactly does the term mean, when is it used, and what exceptions exist to the hearsay rule?  What is “Hearsay Evidence”? When a witness testifies in court, they … Continued

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