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What Are Your Rights in the Criminal Justice System?

From the moment a criminal investigation begins or at the time of arrest, each person is protected by the laws of the United States and individual state laws.

All persons have the right to remain silent when questioned by the police and the right to have an attorney present with them.

All persons are to be free from illegal searches and seizures of evidence that the police and prosecution intend to use against them at a trial.

Other rights that are asserted during the trial stage include the right to a speedy trial, the right not to be prosecuted twice for the same offense (known as “double jeopardy”), the right to challenge improper identification procedures employed by the police and the right to remain silent at your trial if you so elect.

This listing is not meant to be inclusive of all the rights that attend to every person accused of a crime. However, they provide a brief overview of the rights individuals should expect the criminal justice system to protect, and any criminal law attorney to defend.