Try to remember that this system is designed to determine who is a criminal and to punish that person by putting him/her in a cage for a long time. These people, while they may be kind to you and encourage you to talk, are not your friends.
Let’s talk about criminal procedure. The first “event,” shall we say, in this series of events, is when you encounter with the police. The police, or law enforcement, may arrest … Continue Reading Criminal Procedure 101 – Lesson 1
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When the opportunity arises, the trial judge may want to educate the public on the important role of defense counsel in a criminal case and inform them that the Sixth Amendment affords the right to counsel to all persons, regardless of the type of crime or the evidence against them. The judge can remind those in the courtroom that defense lawyers are doing their job to uphold the Constitution and fulfill their oath as officers of the court.