The Legal System

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In my opinion the purpose of the legal system involves many things. The legal system provides everyone a fair and equal trail in the eyes of the law without prejudice. You are innocent until proven guilty and judged by a jury of your peers. The legal system helps to derive, enact, and enforce laws to protect society and ensure domestic tranquility. Victims can get the justice they deserve when someone disrupts their daily lives and generates physical, mental, and/or emotional pain. The Legal Studies Academy at First Colonial High School will teach me things I never knew and help me to become the best lawyer I can be. To begin, without the legal system and laws, criminals could get away with whatever they wanted and there would be…show more content…
During the arrest, your Miranda Rights must be read to you by the detective. This starts off with, “You have the right to remain silent…” This is protected under the Fifth Amendment. It goes on to state, that you have the right to an attorney and if you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you. If you ask for an attorney, detectives are not allowed to interview you and must get your attorney. The next step to a criminal case is booking and bail. Booking is the processing of the person into police custody. Bail is a determination of their eligibility for release from custody in exchange for the posting of a set amount of money. The third step is arraignment. Arraignment is the defendant’s first appearance in court. The judge asks how the defendant pleads to the criminal charge they are indicted for. It is where bail amount is altered and the announcement of the future dates in the proceedings of the case. A preliminary hearing, where a judge determines whether there is enough evidence to support a trial, is next. Pre-trial motions establish whether a trial should take place and what the boundaries at trial will be. After the pre-trial is the trial. During a trial, a jury, a group of peers, will consider whether the evidence proves the defendant's guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt”. If
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