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Your Rights When Dealing With the Police
Miranda rights and search-and-seizure rules are just a few of the legal protections given to criminal suspects and defendants. This section spotlights your constitutional rights during encounters with police officers and in the courtroom.
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You've seen it time after time on shows and in the movies: Cops slapping the cuffs on a "perp" and reading them their rights. But does it always happen that way? And can your silence actually be used against you sometimes?
Fruit of the poisonous tree includes evidence gathered from just about any kind of police conduct that violates a defendant’s constitutional rights. The original evidence is inadmissible in court and so is any derivative evidence—unless an exception exists.