Parallel Proceedings: Constitutional Questions
May 6, 2010Lizette B. Herraiz, Brian J. Field
The U.S. Constitution provides extensive protections for persons subject to criminal investigation and prosecution. One's knowledge and proper exercise of these rights is vital for preserving liberty. However, an individual's Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights can be endangered when one is engaged in a civil matter with the government and unaware that the information he is providing is being simultaneously shared with criminal investigators.