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Criminal Law Newsletters

Defendant’s Rights

A defendant has numerous rights during a trial. If the defendant is deprived of any of his rights, he may be entitled to a reversal of his conviction. Generally, the defendant’s rights include the right to: the compulsory process, confrontation, speedy trial, effective assistance of counsel, to be present, to remain silent, to a fair and impartial jury, and to be afforded the proper due process. Many of the defendant’s rights are embodied in the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution, as well as in state constitutions. More…

ESCAPE

A persons commits an offense when he or she escapes from custody while he or she is under arrest, is charged with, or is convicted of an offense or while he or she is in custody pursuant to any lawful order of a court. An escape is an unauthorized departure from custody or a failure to return to custody after a permitted absence. Violation of parole or supervised release does not constitute an escape. More…

Violations of the Federal Meat Inspection Act

The Federal Meat Inspection Act was passed to ensure that consumers were protected and were provided with good quality meat. The Act provides prohibitions against numerous types of conduct. More…

Testimonial Privileges

When a witness is called to testify in a criminal trial they may be able to assert a testimonial privilege that may prevent them from testifying about a certain fact or event. The law regarding testimonial privileges varies between federal and state court. More…

HUNG JURY

A jury is required to render a unanimous verdict in a criminal trial. If the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict, the jury is considered to be a hung jury. A trial court must declare a mistrial in the event of a hung jury. More…