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Accused individuals have important criminal defense protections

Defense rights are extremely important for individuals accused of crimes. Individuals accused of crimes enjoy important criminal defense rights, which require authorities to follow certain procedures for the protection of those rights. Many accused offenders may be familiar with some of the criminal defense rights and protections they enjoy, including protections against unlawful searches and seizures, the right not to incriminate oneself and the right to receive counsel.

Most criminal defense rights are found in the Constitution. It is important to keep in mind that in addition to important procedural protections requiring that authorities in most cases to have probable cause or a warrant to search or seize a person or property, let individuals accused of crimes know that they do not have to speak to them or that individuals accused of crimes have legal representation, additional criminal defense protections and strategies may be available to accused individuals as well.

In addition, defendants are afforded the right to challenge evidence obtained in violation of the protections. If the procedures police are required to follow are not met, this may result in certain evidence alleged against the accused individual being excluded. It is also possible to challenge evidence such as witness statements based on credibility or challenge factual evidence when a substance police have found may not be what they claim it is.

Because of the importance of criminal defense rights for individuals who have been accused of crimes, it can be vital for their futures that they are familiar with their rights and how to enforce and protect them. Criminal penalties can be harsh so any accused individual facing criminal charges should be familiar with criminal defense options.

Source: Criminal Justice Degree Schools, "Criminal Rights: Law and Protections, Introduction to Criminal Rights," Accessed April 25, 2017

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