Difference between revisions of "Rights of the Accused"

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Criminal defendants around the world are afforded many rights. The general theory behind these rights is that the government has enormous resources available to it for the prosecution of individuals; therefore, individuals are entitled to some protection from the misuse of those powers by the government.
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Criminal defendants around the world are afforded many rights. Generally, these rights are meant to protect individuals who lack the enormous resources available to the government.
  
In common law countries, many of the rights below have been shaped by the development, over decades, of case law; as a result, the rules can be very complex. This section should be viewed as an overview of the most significant rights defendants enjoy.
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In common law countries, many of the rights have been through case law over several decades.  As a result, the rules can be complex. This section is meant to be an overview of the most basic rights of defendants.
  
  
== Rights with Police ==
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== Rights/ Protections from Police ==
 
* [[Arrest]]
 
* [[Arrest]]
 
* [[Confessions]]
 
* [[Confessions]]
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* [[Search and Seizure]]
 
* [[Search and Seizure]]
  
== Rights at Detention ==
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== Rights during Detention ==
 
* [[Freedom from Punishment]]
 
* [[Freedom from Punishment]]
 
* [[Right to Counsel]]
 
* [[Right to Counsel]]

Revision as of 13:06, 1 June 2010

Criminal defendants around the world are afforded many rights. Generally, these rights are meant to protect individuals who lack the enormous resources available to the government.

In common law countries, many of the rights have been through case law over several decades. As a result, the rules can be complex. This section is meant to be an overview of the most basic rights of defendants.


Rights/ Protections from Police

Rights during Detention

Rights at Trial

Sentencing

Rights in Prison