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Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney Miranda rightsIn 1966, the United States Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in the case of Miranda v. Arizona when it made a decision on how suspects are to be informed of their constitutional rights when they are arrested on felony or misdemeanor charges. Ernesto Miranda was arrested in 1963 on suspicion of kidnapping and rape. After a long interrogation, Miranda confessed to the charges and signed a statement that his confession was made willingly and knowingly and that he understood his legal rights. When his case went to trial, his lawyers discovered that he had not, in fact, been informed of his constitutional rights to remain silent, to be represented by a lawyer, and to have that lawyer present during the interrogation. This Supreme Court ruling is one of the most famous cases in U.S. history, and it has changed the way arrests and interrogations have been handled ever since.

Miranda Rights Are Constitutional Rights

Because of Miranda v. Arizona, police officers are required to inform you of your rights before they begin an interrogation. Though some police departments may use different wording, the basis of the statements must be the same. Most police departments will use a version of the following: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you. Do you understand the rights that I have just read to you?” It must be established that the suspect is aware of his or her rights before any interrogation can occur.

Misconceptions About Miranda Rights

The point of the Miranda Warning is to inform suspects of the rights that are granted to them by the United States Constitution. This includes the right to protection against self-incrimination and the right to legal counsel. Some people have misunderstandings about their Miranda rights and what that means for their criminal cases.

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Illinois criminal defense lawyerCommunity service can serve as a viable alternative to more serious criminal consequences. However, one must be willing to meet all the requirements of their community service conditions. Failure to do so can invalidate the agreement and may ultimately result in a default on your charges. Learn more about fulfilling your community service requirements, and what you can do if you experience any troubles along the way.

Where to Complete Your Community Service

Valid community service hours can only be completed at non-profit organizations. Further, the organization must be willing to accept you as a volunteer; this can often be the most challenging and frustrating aspect of completing your community service requirements. Not every location will have an opening, some have set limits on the number of hours that they accept volunteers, and there may be additional restrictions on where you can volunteer. A few places to look might include:

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Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyIn many ways, social media has been a positive step forward for mankind. It has given people the ability to connect and converse with others all around the world and brought families and friends closer. There is a drawback, however. Law enforcement has taken to social media platforms to find, charge, and even convict alleged suspects. Learn what you need to know about how your social media activity could negatively affect your life, and how you can protect your rights if you are currently facing criminal charges for your behavior on social media.

Drunk Driving and Social Media

While most people use social media to share their evening out with friends, a day at the beach, or a recent engagement, others have used it to boast about driving while under the influence. Unfortunately, many of them have been arrested because of that over-sharing of information. Even worse, their social media boast is often used as evidence against them.

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victims rights, rights of the accused, Illinois criminal defense attorneyGovernor Bruce Rauner recently signed HB 1121, the Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights. What are some important rights that defendants have in a criminal case?

The founder of Marsy's Law for All proclaimed that the measure gives alleged crime victims "a much stronger voice in the Illinois criminal justice system." This law follows up on a Constitutional amendment that voters adopted in November 2014. Among other provisions, Illinois’ version of Marsy’s Law requires prosecutors to keep alleged crime victims informed of a case’s progress, gives victims the right to be present at plea hearings, and clearly delineates victims’ rights.

California passed the first Marsy’s Law in 2008, and that measure is arguably the strongest victims’ rights provision in the United States

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Illinois no trespassing sign, Arlington Heights criminal lawyerTrespassing laws serve a number of important purposes. They ensure safety by defining what areas people can and cannot enter. They also protect the property of business--and homeowners.

Like any criminal offense, though, there are times when trespassing charges are not valid. It may be possible to reduce the charges or convince the court to drop them altogether. If you would like to learn about the defense strategies available, contact an experienced criminal attorney who has experience in trespassing cases.

Deciphering Trespassing Signs and Laws

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