Legal Restraints on Police Actions


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Chelsea was asked to come to the police station and answer some questions. To begin, the officer asked her name and questions about where she lives and works. Then, the officer asked her where she was at 2:00pm the previous afternoon. Chelsea decided that she did not want to answer any more questions until she got more information and consulted an attorney. Was she within her rights? Why?

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1. What statute keeps evidence that was gathered illegally by the police from being used against a person in a criminal trial?

2. What provides the basis for the creation of Legal Restraints, and why were these limits created?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo gauge your understanding of legal restraints on police actions. You will be quizzed on the protections for individual freedoms provided by the Bill of Rights.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Limits on certain actions
  • Requirements of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments
  • Legal doctrine regarding unlawful seizing of evidence
  • Misuse of law enforcement authority

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about legal restraints on police actions
  • Defining key concepts - verify that you can accurately define related phrases such as abuse of police power
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Fourth and Fifth Amendments
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about illegal seizure of evidence by the police

Additional Learning

To learn more about Constitutional restraints on the actions of police officers, review the corresponding lesson called Legal Restraints on Police Actions. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify the key protections of individual freedoms embodied in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
  • Understand how those protections restrain the actions of police
  • Determine when courts use the exclusionary rule