They can't see my juvenile record.
Past News ReleasesRSS
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) January 11, 2007
Total Criminal Defense provides criminal defendants--or those under investigation for a crime--with information on topics ranging from posting bond to exercising Constitutional rights, and with the opportunity to schedule a free consultation with a local criminal defense attorney. Now, Total Criminal Defense has added a Criminal Defense Law Library. The Criminal Defense Law Library includes detailed information about topics like search and seizure law, trial of juveniles as adults, Miranda rights, juvenile criminal records, and more. New topics are added each week.
It's important for the public to be educated about criminal law and procedure, because misunderstandings about rights and requirements often lead people to make critical errors when questioned or arrested. People often unknowingly harm their cases and even convict themselves when they fall victim to common criminal law myths like:
- "If the police didn't read me my rights, they have to drop the charges." In fact, if a Miranda reading is required and not given, the most common remedy is simply to exclude the particular evidence gathered as a result of that questioning session. Although in some rare cases this means that so much evidence is excluded that the prosecution can no longer make a case and must dismiss the charges, there is no requirement that charges be dropped because rights were not read.
- "They can't see my juvenile record." Many people believe that juvenile records are automatically "sealed', but that's rarely true. Although most states provide a process by which juvenile records can be sealed after the juvenile in question reaches adulthood, that process generally has to be initiated by the defendant. If an adult has a juvenile criminal history and has not taken specific action to seal those records, they are very likely still available.
Many also misunderstand the definition of entrapment, do not know at what point they are entitled to attorneys, and don't understand that in the absence of some very specific circumstances, police may not search their property without a warrant and they do not have to agree to such a search--but that if they do agree, any evidence discovered may be used against them.
The Criminal Defense Law Library at Total Criminal Defense offers straightforward, easy-to-understand, thorough information on these and other criminal justice topics, along with links to additional criminal law and criminal procedure resources.