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Criminal Law

By guaranteeing many legal rights to anyone charged with a crime, our system of justice was carefully designed to prevent people from being unfairly convicted.

Most crimes are punishable under state, rather than federal, laws. Although all states must comply with certain federal constitutional minimums, there are considerable variations from one state to another.

Click on the links below for more information on this subject area.

Basics of Criminal Law

The Police and Your Rights

Rules on Search and Seizure

Juvenile Criminal Cases

Victims’ Rights

Practical Law Home

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