Georgia

Criminal Law: Trial Rights and Trial Process

Know Your Rights

  • Results of Illegal Searches and Seizures

    This document discusses what happens when evidence is uncovered and seized by the police illegally: (1) the evidence can be excluded from the criminal trial, and (2) the police can be sued in a civil case for the harm they've caused. The document is an excerpt from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Rules on Search and Seizure

    What can police search, and when? This area of criminal investigation is extremely important, and the law sets up rules and governs what can be introduced at trial. This web site contains more information about these rules. Content Detail

    By:
    American Bar Association
  • Criminal Process Before the Trial

    The document describes the basic criminal process before trial, including booking, inital appearance, preliminary hearing, indictment, arraignment, pleading, defenses and plea bargaining. This document is an excerpt from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Criminal Trial Process

    This document is an excerpt from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). This document describes the basic trial process, including jury selection, opening statements, presentation of the case, closing statements, jury deliberatin and verdict. Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Criminal Sentencing and Punishment

    This document is an excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). It describes the Sentencing Phase of a Criminal Trial, including: (1) Presentence Investigation, (2) Options for Sentencing (incarceration, probation, fines, restitution, community service, special programs), and (3) Purposes of Sentencing (retribution, deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Your Basic Constitutional Rights in the Criminal Justice System

    This document is an excerpt from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). This document describes your basic rights under the U.S. Constitution in the criminal justice system. Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Military Law Research Links

    This website contains links that are useful for understanding military law and the court system, for resolving legal issues and finding source documents. Content Detail

    By:
    Military Times Media Group
  • When Someone with Mental Illness is Arrested in Georgia

    This handbook is designed for anyone who wants information about helping a person with mental illness who is arrested in Georgia. Although there are general procedures within the criminal justice system that apply everywhere in the state, there are many facets of the justice system that vary from county to county. Furthermore, in some areas ( ie, Atlanta, Decatur, Savannah) there may be city systems as well. It can be very confusing, especially to someone who has never been involved with the criminal justice system before. The purpose of this handbook is to allow you to ask the right questions to get the information you need, should allow you to help bring the information you have to the attention of the court system to bring about a better resolution to the criminal case. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Mental Health Advocacy Division
  • Learn about Criminal Plea Agreements in Georgia

    This presentation was developed as part of the Law and Government Education Project in the Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. In partnership with the Law School and the Center for Teaching and Learning at UGA and the Law School at Mercer University, the Institute develops resources on basic areas of Georgia and federal law. These resources are then distributed across the state in a variety of ways including the State Bar of Georgia?s Pro Bono Project website. We hope you will find this presentation to be useful and informative. Please be advised, however, that this presentation is designed to provide general information only and does not substitute for legal advice. At the conclusion of the presentation you will find a list of organizations which may be able to provide assistance to those who have legal issues relevant to the topic of this presentation. We encourage viewers to contact these organizations for help. Also, please consult the Pro Bono Project website for a list of other presentations available for viewing. Content Detail

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español