But They Didn't Read Me My Rights!: Myths, Oddities, and Lies about Our Legal System

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Prometheus Books - Law
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Do the police have to read you your rights when they arrest you? Can you get charged with drunk driving if you weren't even driving the car? Do contracts have to be in writing to be enforceable? If you break up with your fiancÚ, can you keep the ring? Do you have to pass the bar exam to become a lawyer?As the above questions illustrate, we live in a society where the law affects nearly every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, much of what we think we know about the law is actually a myth or misconception. But They Didn't Read Me My Rights! debunks many of those myths and misconceptions by providing an entertaining yet educational tour of our American legal system, including its many oddities. In the process, the book answers some of the most interesting legal questions about some of our most important, fascinating, and surprising laws in a wide array of areas.For example, the police definitely do not have to read you your rights when they arrest you; in fact, sometimes they can even interrogate you without reading you your rights. Moreover, you can be charged and convicted of drunk driving for just turning the key, even if you never drive the car or even start the engine! While some contracts do have to be in writing to be enforceable, most don't. The authors explain why. Depending on the state in which you live, you might be able to keep the ring if you break it off with your fiancÚ. And finally, you don't always have to pass the bar exam to become a lawyer; in fact, in some states, you don't even have to go to law school!Whether devotees of Law and Order, CSI, or Judge Judy, readers will discover much more about the law than they already knew-or thought they knew. Written in a lively, appealing style, the book is composed of self-contained chapters, each addressing a distinct legal myth, oddity, question, or misconception. Select your favorite topic or enjoy the authors' witty and very informative discussion of the law cover-to-cover. Either way, you are assured of being entertained, enlightened, and surprised!Michael D. Cicchini, JD (Kenosha, WI), is a criminal defense attorney. Super Lawyers and Milwaukee Magazine named him among the top lawyers for 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. He graduated summa cum laude from the Marquette University Law School, and has also published extensively on criminal and constitutional law, including articles in the Tennessee Law Review and the Arizona State Law Journal.Amy B. Kushner, PhD (Kenosha, WI), is a lecturer in English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Previously, she taught literature and composition at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she earned her doctorate in English literature. She is also a contributing author to 101 Horror Films, 101 Science Fiction Films, 101 Gangster Films, and 101 War Films.
 

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Contents

Introduction
13
Can you be convicted of drunk driving
26
Can you be convicted of statutory rape
47
Is it a crime to cheat on your spouse?
53
Do the police have to read you your rights
61
Can the police tell when you are lying?
69
Can the police search your home without a warrant?
77
Since Im innocent until proven guilty
87
Can promises be enforced
153
Are disclaimers or noliability clauses enforceable?
160
If you break up with your fiancÚ
171
from your exspouse?
177
If you find lost or abandoned property
187
Is it possible to lose your property through
195
Can you sue a restaurant if your coffee is too hot?
203
Can I be sued for helping someone
210

If you accuse someone of a crime
93
Can hearsay be used against you in court?
103
can you represent yourself in court?
129
Are public defenders real lawyers?
135
Do contracts have to be in writing to be enforceable?
147
Do you have to go to law school to be a lawyer?
219
Do all lawyers go to trial?
225
Afterword
233
Index
273
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Amy B. Kushner, PhD (Kenosha, WI), is a lecturer in English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Previously, she taught literature and composition at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she earned her doctorate in English literature. She is also a contributing author to 101 Horror Films, 101 Science Fiction Films, 101 Gangster Films, and 101 War Films.

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