Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure are the procedural rules that govern how federal criminal prosecutions are conducted in United States district courts, the general trial courts of the U.S. government. As such, they are the companion to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The admissibility and use of evidence in criminal proceedings (as well as civil) is governed by the separate Federal Rules of Evidence. The U.S. Constitution, the Federal Rules and the federal court system's interpretations of both provide guidance and procedural canons that law enforcement must follow. Failure to follow such procedure may result in the suppression of evidence or the release of an arrested suspect.

Similarly, individual states have their own codes of criminal procedure of which many closely model the Federal Rules. While state constitutions and procedural rules may increase the protection afforded to criminal defendants, they may not offer less protection than that guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

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Mandatory Minimum Penalties for Drug Offenses
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Mandatory Minimum Penalties for Drug Offenses in the Federal Criminal Justice System

Mandatory Minimum Penalties for Drug Offenses

2016 Annual Report and 2016 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics
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2016 Annual Report and 2016 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics

2016 Annual Report and 2016 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, 2016
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Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2016

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, 2016

United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines Manual 2016
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United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines Manual 2016

United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines Manual 2016

Supplement to the 2015 Guidelines Manual, August 1, 2016
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Supplement to the 2015 Guidelines Manual, August 1, 2016

Supplement to the 2015 Guidelines Manual, August 1, 2016

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2015
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Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2015

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2015

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2014
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Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2014

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2014

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2013
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Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2013

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2013

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2012
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Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2012

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2012

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Dec. 1, 2010
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Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Dec. 1, 2010

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Dec. 1, 2010

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Communication From the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court of the United States, April 28, 2004
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Amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Communication From the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court of the United States, April 28, 2004

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Communication From the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court of the United States, April 28, 2004

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