Know Your Rights

6th Amendment “Right to a Trial by Jury”

Jury service is one of the most important civic duties a citizen can perform.  An individual’s rights and liberties in court are often achieved through the teamwork of a judge and jury. 

Jurors apply the law to the evidence presented in court.   Being a juror is a way for YOU to actively participate in our system of justice, and help to maintain liberty and justice for all.

8th Amendment  “Right to Bail”

The 8th Amendment prohibits the imposition of excessive bail.   

The most common form of bail is bail with a commercial surety. To bond out of jail, 12% in cash of the bail amount must be brought to a bail bond company. 

After the bond paperwork is done and processed, the offender is released from jail.  One must make all court dates to remain out of jail.

26th Amendment “Right to vote”

Voting is the greatest right and responsibility you have as a citizen.  A government cannot be of the people, by the people, and for the people unless the people vote.

One must be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age to vote. Apply in person to register at any Registrar of Voters, Motor Vehicles or certain Social Services offices.  On-line registration is available with the Secretary of State.

“Miranda Rights” and the Fifth Amendment

Whenever a person is taken into police custody, before being questioned, he or she must be told of his Fifth Amendment right not to make any self-incriminating statements.  There are four rights that the officer must tell before being questioned.

You have the right to remain silent.
Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
You have the right to an attorney.
If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.