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Trouble With the Law? Your Rights, and Some Consequences


For better or worse, not everyone can avoid trouble with the law all the time. So, it’s better to understand the law before or you run sideways to it, rather than after. To do that, you need to know your rights. And, you need to know some of the consequences of being on the wrong side of a legal issue.

A few of the topics that you should study and research include how bail bonds work, what lawyers fees are going to be under different circumstances, what your Miranda rights are, and why your personal understanding of the Constitution may not cut it when you have to deal with actual police officers and judges.

Bail Bonds 

If you’ve never had to go to jail, and none of your friends or family have ever been to prison, then you’ve never had to deal with bail bonds. But, it can be one of the most stressful things that you have to deal with if you suddenly find yourself forced into a circumstance where you have to pay money to keep yourself out of a cell. Different states have different laws and regulations about bail, so each case may be a little bit different. Talking to a bail bondsman is never a bad idea if you want to make sure that you do everything in an organized manner.

Lawyers’ Fees 

One of the primary expenses that you can incur if you run into legal issues will come with lawyers’ fees. The specialization and information that lawyers bring to the table in courtrooms are indispensable, but that also means it can be costly. And, if you want to get yourself the best chance of finalizing your legal appearance with positive results, you essentially have to be in a position where you pay whatever it takes to make that happen.

Miranda Rights 

If you run into a situation where you’re arrested, it’s important to know your Miranda rights. The arresting officers are supposed to go over them with you, but there are lots of cases when this doesn’t happen. If the words aren’t actually spoken during the situation, it’s up to you to understand the fact that you have the right to remain silent, and you most often should do so until you speak to a lawyer.

Your Personal Understanding of the Constitution 

It seems like there’s an awful lot of constitutional scholars running around the world these days. But the fact is unless you’re actually a constitutional scholar, then your interpretation of what that particular document says as it relates to your potential criminal behavior does not carry a lot of weight. No matter what you think about your First Amendment, Second Amendment, or any other amendment rights, the police and the legal system are going to supersede your feelings about these things. Operate within their understanding of the law, not your own, and you will fare much better.