Your Rights

As an American citizen, you have a lot of rights. You’ve probably heard of a lot of your Amendment rights, and definitely your Miranda rights, but there’s probably a whole lot you don’t know. You can make better use of the rights you’re allotted or learn what your rights are in specific situations here. It may be helpful to know what you can and can’t do in your interaction with law enforcement, as well as what they can and can’t do themselves. Be prepared for any situation by checking this section.

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    Can Police Take Your Phone for Evidence Without a Warrant?

    The United States Constitution was written in 1787, centuries before landline telephones and automobiles became wide spread. Needless to say, with the rise of the internet and smartphone devices, many people are confused about how their legal rights apply in the digital age. Because of that, this article will answer the following questions: Can police take your phone without a…

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    What is the Three Strikes Law?

    A lot of laws have mandatory minimum and maximum penalties for their respective crimes, put into place to ensure that justice is served, but not in a cruel or unconstitutional manner. But aggravating factors - aspects of the crime that make it particularly more offensive - are often factors in increasing that sentence, sometimes all the way to the max.

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    How to Find Low Cost Criminal Attorneys

    When it comes to picking an attorney, felons have many pricing and fee options to pick from. In fact, you can easily find low cost criminal attorneys because of the different models that law firms deploy.

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    Racial Minorities and Conviction Rates Explained

    8 percent of the total US population are convicted felons. The more surprising number may be that 33 percent of the male, African-American US population has a felony conviction.

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    Explaining Your Criminal Record

    Ideally, there would be no stereotyping, stigmas, or biases surrounding criminal records, and you wouldn't have to explain your past for anybody. However, that isn't always the case, and you may find yourself having to explain a past felony conviction to anyone from a prospective employer, an apartment complex, to your family and friends.

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    Your Search and Seizure Rights

    You'll be glad to know that, in most circumstances, law enforcement cannot just show up to your house, pull you over, or stop you on the street and search you. This is an important right afforded to you by the Fourth Amendment.

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    Overview of Your Fourth Amendment Rights

    Your Fourth Amendment rights are important ones, as they protect your right to privacy and from law enforcement searching and taking your property whenever they deem fit. Its history is a long one, as this was in the Bill of Rights and was something early colonists cared a great deal about following the restrictive ruling they faced with the British.…

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    What do I do if I'm Charged with a Felony?

    If you find yourself with a felony charge - whether you're guilty or not, you're probably panicked and want to know where to start. Take a breath, and keep reading. We've got you covered.

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    Alcohol & Drug Testing For Probation and DUIs

    Drug testing is a vital part of the criminal justice system, used in many cases in order to prove that an offender is using or under the influence of an illegal substance.

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    Immigration Questions Answered

    Immigration is a hot topic, especially with today's changing global politics and the Trump administration. The United States, a country founded on and with great roots in immigration, has particular laws governing their immigration policies.

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