Louisiana has the highest rates of incarceration across the country, and many of the individuals who are languishing away in jails are serving sentences comparatively more serious than the crime they have allegedly committed. Recognizing the need for reform in the criminal justice system, many lawmakers have begun advocating for a number of new laws in the state.
There are certain times of the year when law enforcement agencies crack down on drunk driving across the country, and Labor Day is one of those times. Authorities also advertise the number of stops conducted and arrests made on these events. As a result of the public pressure and push for taking a serious line against drunk drivers, many people may find themselves facing charges they did not anticipate or stopped for reasons that are not permissible.
As mentioned in last week's post, even when one is facing serious criminal charges, they have certain constitutional protections that are available to them and that they should avail. One of those rights, as enumerated in the Miranda warnings, is the right to an attorney and speaking to one as soon as one is facing criminal charges is beneficial for the accused.
Much has been said about the constitutional rights a person has when they are arrested on suspicion of committing a crime. But, what are those constitutional rights and what do they guarantee?