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Constitution

A Constitution is a written document that sets forth the limits, duties and powers of a government and guarantees rights to the people who are subject to that government's laws and regulations. There is one United States Constitution and there is a Constitution for each separate state. The United States Constitution has seven Articles and 27 Amendments. In criminal law, the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments are the most important.

  • 4th Amendment - Search and Seizure
  • 5th Amendment - Trial and Punishment
  • 6th Amendment - Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses.