Know your constitutional rights.
Our founding fathers thought that the rights of American citizens were so important that they put them into the U.S Constitution. With that said, it is important that you know your constitutional rights so you can intelligently exercise those rights when needed.
Search and Seizure
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution provides protection against arbitrary search and seizure of person and property. That means that (in most cases) law enforcement cannot search your home or property without a search warrant.
The Fifth Amendment
This amendment provides you with protections against “double jeopardy” (being tried twice for the same crime); gives you the right to remain silent (meaning you don’t have to answer questions from law enforcement officers); and gives you the right to “due process of law.”
The Right to Counsel
The sixth amendment gives you the right to assistance of counsel (having a lawyer to represent you), among other things.
The Eighth Amendment
This amendment prohibits excessive bail in federal prosecutions – and also prevents excessive fines as well as cruel and unusual punishment in all prosecutions.
These are only some of the rights provided to you in the constitution – but they are among the most important when it comes to criminal legal matters.