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The Exclusionary Rule Exceptions

Pre-Sentence Report The exclusionary rule states that illegally-obtained evidence and statements obtained through an illegal interrogation, in violation of the Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution, are inadmissible at the criminal trial of a person whose rights were violated. In basic terms, the illegally obtained evidence cannot be used against the… Read More

Mandatory Sentencing Minimums

In March of 2016 the United States Sentencing Commission detailed that more than half (56.8%) of offenders in the federal prison population were convicted of an offense carrying a mandatory minimum penalty. What are Mandatory Minimums? Mandatory minimums are sentencing laws that require a specific minimum prison term to be imposed on offenders who are… Read More

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What are My Miranda Rights?

If you watch popular legal dramas, you might think that your “Miranda Rights” mean that you should not talk to police without a lawyer present, but there is much more to them. The following are your Miranda rights: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you… Read More

When Errors Occur in Court

One of the most important preliminary aspects of a trial is what evidence gets admitted to the proceeding and what evidence gets kept out. Trial judges are the ones who get to make these decisions, but no matter how smart or experienced he or she is, a trial judge is still just a human being…. Read More