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What’s the Difference? 3 Commonly Confused Legal Terms

manconfusedbylegaltermsWith the popularity of prison dramas and procedural cop shows, many legal terms have become common usage. However, the nature of fiction means that many of these terms are used in a general or incorrect way that can lead to confusion about their definitions in real life situations.

In this blog, we cover three sets of common legal terms that are often used interchangeably even though they aren’t synonymous.

How a Judge Determines Your Bail

You walk into the courtroom alongside your lawyer. The judge asks for your plea, and you enter it. Your lawyer argues for your bail to be set at a reasonable amount. The prosecution recommends a much higher amount and suggest several intense restrictions for conditions of your release on bail. The judge hears both arguments, sets bail, and bangs the gavel. Unfortunately, the number that left your judge’s mouth seems astronomically high to you. How could anyone be expected to pay that amount, just to be released on bail? To answer that often-asked question, we’ve outlined the top five factors the judge uses to determine your bail.

What to Expect After an Arrest

An arrest and the prospect of several court appearances can make anyone feel unsettled, whether the arrest happened to you or someone close to you. But those worries can be even bigger if you have never passed through this process before. You may be unsure what steps will take place or how to prepare for each event. This blog explains the basic process of what happens after an arrest. Familiarize yourself with the information below so you can ease any worries you have about the post-arrest proceedings.

Miranda Rights-What You Need to Know

“You have the right to remain silent”-ever heard that before? Every arrest on any self-respecting cop show includes those words, but did you know that the phrase is critical to the legality of an arrest? The phrase is the beginning of the Miranda warning, which protects American citizens and their Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights. The┬áConstitution outlines the right not to say anything self-incriminating, and police read the Miranda warning to the person they are arresting so that person is protected from feeling forced to give information. Despite the importance of Miranda rights in the legal procedure, many people have no idea what they are entitled to after an arrest. An arrest can be a stressful experience, and some people say things they regret, unaware of their rights. But if you learn about Miranda rights, you can safeguard your rights if you are ever arrested.