In addition to these basic rights, the people of the United States are also protected by the Bill of Rights, including the:
- Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement;
- Fifth Amendment, which sets forth basic constitutional limits on police;
- Sixth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments, which also govern the rights of those accused of criminal conduct.
Courts interpret these Amendments on a daily basis, constantly evaluating factual scenarios to determine if violation of individual rights took place. Landmark cases decided by the United States Supreme Court have resulted in mandatory Miranda rights, the right to “plead the 5th,” and so much more.
In addition to the United States Constitution, law enforcement and prosecutors are bound by the Constitutions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the State of Rhode Island, in addition to federal and state laws.
Don’t hesitate to contact our firm in the following instances:
- If you are facing criminal charges for the first time;
- If you are afraid you may be arrested;
- If the police wish to question you “informally” regarding a particular incident;
- If you have been through the process before;
- If you wish to keep your record spotless;
- If you wish to avoid a devastating conviction and/or prison time;
- If you wish to appeal your conviction;
- If you are about to serve a prison sentence.
The reality is that any of these scenarios may result in serious consequences. If you or a loved one are facing any of the situations noted above, it is very important that an experienced criminal defense lawyer assist you from the start.