Constitutional Law

Constitutional law consists of the legal interpretation and implementation of the United States Constitution.  This area of the law deals with some of the fundamental relationships within our society, which include relationships between the states and the federal government, the three branches (The Executive, Legislature, Judiciary) of the federal government, and the rights (e.g., human rights and civil rights) of the individual in relation to both federal and state government.

The Supreme Court interprets the Constitution, and therefore Constitutional Law is built around Supreme Court rulings.  However, as Constitutional Law attorneys, we start with the premise of "original intent" for any part of the Constitution unclear by express language.  Our belief is that the Supreme Court is bound by the express language with the original intent of the drafters of the Constitution or later amendments to the Constitution.  Therefore, it may be appropriate to challenge Supreme Court precedence on select occasions.  Topics of Constitutional law include due process and equal protection clauses from the 14th Amendment, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and the Bill of Rights.

Criminal defendants are granted specific rights from The Constitution of the United States:

* Right to an Lawyer - Defendants have the right to an attorney for felony charges, and if they can't afford one, the court will appoint one for them.

* Right to a Jury Trial - Defendants have the right to a speedy, public jury trial. At the trial, the defendant is presumed innocent, and cannot be convicted unless twelve impartial jurors are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt of the defendant's guilt.

* Right to Confront Witnesses - Defendants have the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses testifying against them.

* Right Against Self-Incrimination – Defendants have the right to remain silent to prevent self-incrimination (5th ammendment), and the right to testify on their own behalf.

* Right to Produce Evidence – Defendants have the right to present evidence and to have the court issue a subpoena to bring into court all witnesses and evidence favorable to them, at no cost to them.

If you are charged with a crime, you should consider hiring a constitutional attorney with experience in understanding and applying court decisions that interpret the Constitution and its Amendments.

Constitutional law attorneys understand the applications of various court decisions that interpret the Constitution and its amendments in many areas, such as freedom of speech, press, and religion; search and seizure protections; eminent domain; voting rights; prisoners' rights; freedom of information; and grand jury proceedings. If you feel your Constitutional rights have been violated or you've been accused of violating someone's Constitutional rights please contact us

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