6 – 10

 Below are Amendments 6-10 of the Constitution. AMENDMENT 6

If you are arrested and charged with a crime:

  • You have a right to have your trial soon and in public, so everyone knows what is happening;
  • The case has to be decided by a jury of ordinary people from you are, if you wish;
  • You have the right to know what you are accused of doing wrong and to see and hear and cross-examine the people who are witnesses against you;
  • You have the right to a lawyer to help you. If you cannot afford to pay the lawyer, the government will.


You also have the right to a jury when it is a civil case (a law case between two people rather than between you and the government).


The government can’t make you pay more than is reasonable in bail or in fines, and the government can’t inflict cruel or unusual punishments (like torture) even if you are convicted of a crime.


Just because these rights listed in the Constitution doesn’t mean that you don’t have other rights too.


Anything that the Constitution doesn’t say that Congress can do, is left up to the states and  to the people.

Read the Above Rights.

Case I have been accused of a crime the police yelled at me when they were questioning me. Did they violate my rights? If so which amendment in the Bill of Rights covers this.

Case.  I have been accused of and arrested for stealing a car. I have been kept in the Jail for 3 years with no trial. One day the prison let me go. Why what amendment set me free and why?

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