Question: What are the rights of the accused? How do these rights impact criminals, as well as police? What distinctions can be made about the rights of the accused and how they protect the accused?
Rights of the accused are civil and political rights that are granted to those individuals accused of committing a crime. Accused individuals only gets these rights from the time when they are arrested until the time when they are either convicted or acquitted and the accused must be notified of their rights immediately. These rights impact criminals by providing them with protection until they are proven guilty. These same rights impact police officers by requiring them to notify all of the individuals that they arrest of their rights, and they must grant all of these rights to every individual.
The biggest distinction between the rights of the accused and how they protect the accused is that there is no real distinction. The rights of the accused are simply rights to protect the accused to ensure that there’s no variation in the rights between individuals. The rights are the same for every individual that is accused, regardless of race, sex or crime they are being accused of. The rights of the accused lay out how the accused is protected by law. These rights provide the accused with their constitutional rights such as innocence until proven guilty, trial by jury, representation by counsel, and the right to present witnesses in trial and to present evidence to prove their innocence.