Constitutional Requirements of a Criminal Trial


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1. Why might a defendant be tried twice for the same crime?

2. What does the right to an attorney mean?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The U.S. Constitution governs criminal rights before and during trial. This assessment will test your knowledge of constitutional requirements in criminal proceedings, including the principles embodied in the 5th, 6th and 8th amendments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on facts about constitutional requirements in criminal trials, including:

  • The meaning of the speedy trial requirement
  • The circumstance under which a defendant may be retried for the same crime
  • The meaning of the right to an attorney
  • The right that comes into play when the police demand an accused admit to the crime
  • The constitutional requirements associated with a jury

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the criminal requirements embodied in the 5th amendment
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as trial and preliminary hearing
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as arraignment and plea bargain
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding criminal requirements contained in the 6th amendment and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about criminal rights, review the accompanying lesson about constitutional requirements of a criminal trial. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the criminal constitutional requirements contained in the 5th amendment and explain how these rights are exercised
  • Know the criminal constitutional requirements included in the 6th amendment
  • State the criminal constitutional requirements in the 8th amendment
  • Explain how each amendment applies to different aspects of criminal proceedings
  • Define what it means to be arraigned
  • Explain adequate representation requirements
  • Know what a preliminary hearing is and how a case proceeds to trial
  • Understand what pre-trial motions are used for
  • Describe the requirements for a jury
  • Define mistrial and explain how it applies to 5th amendment requirements