You may know your way around some of the more commonly used courtroom terms. But have you ever found yourself baffled by some of the legalese you hear in the episodes of your favorite court-based shows? Use this glossary of 50 common courtroom terms to brush up!
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No matter how you spend your days, minimizing stress is an important endeavor. But if you’re a police officer, then finding a way to manage stress before it becomes an issue is essential for a successful career. Read on to learn what officers can do to keep work stress in check.
You've heard people talk about "the criminal justice system" before, but what exactly do they mean by it? We get back to basics and take a closer look at the three pillars of justice.
There’s no denying that a felony conviction is a serious offense that comes with a serious punishment—but often the effects of this punishment linger for the rest of their lives, no matter the changes or choices they’ve made since. Learn more about some of the challenges they face.
To help you better understand digital forensics, we spoke with three seasoned experts in the field to get the inside scoop. Keep reading to learn about the field and the critical role digital forensics plays in investigations—as well as some examples of high-profile cases cracked by it.
The best police officers continue training throughout their careers to stay safe and hone their abilities. In this article, we’ll explore some of the major focus areas of police training and how it ties into today’s law enforcement landscape.
What can you do with a Criminal Justice degree, exactly? We did a little research to give you a better understanding of the criminal justice careers this degree could lead you to. Keep reading to familiarize yourself with nine criminal justice careers available to those with the right education.
Turning Trauma into Support for Others, Land O' Lakes/ East Pasco Graduate Takes Her Experience into a Rewarding Career
While life has thrown the unimaginable at recent Land O' Lakes/East Pasco graduate, Sherry Johnson, she has used the challenges to grow and cultivate her passions. These have ultimately fed her desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others in a criminal justice career.
If you have a passion for solving mysteries, you’re probably wondering what you have to do to become a private investigator. Look no further—we’ve got you covered with this handy guide. Find out what it takes to launch a career as a PI.
We're living in a digital age, so it's not surprising that police are leveraging new law enforcement technology to do more effective work. Learn about 8 innovations that are changing the game.
Why become a police officer? Everyone has their own reasons, but there are a handful of benefits of working in law enforcement that everyone could appreciate. Learn more about five notable reasons to serve your community.
We rounded up some of the most common legal terms used by both court professionals and law enforcement, so you can understand two sides of the criminal justice field. So next time you are hours-deep into a Law & Order marathon, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got a solid handle on the legal terminology used throughout the justice system.
We spoke with seasoned law enforcement professionals to help understand some of the overlooked abilities that distinguish an average officer from a great one. You may be surprised to learn you already possess some of the most important qualities of a police officer.
We rounded up eight worthwhile criminal justice careers that might be right for you, even if becoming a police officer isn’t up your alley. Take a look—one of these could just be your next job title.
Believe it or not, there are more types of police officers than you might have guessed, and they each have different job duties and are assigned to work in a variety of different places. Learn more about the options.
Before delving into one or the other, it’s important to get all the facts straight. We did the research to compare the careers of a paralegal versus legal assistant, so you can understand what your options are for an exciting career in law.
Not everyone is cut out to be a police officer. Find out if your traits fit the bill for a successful law enforcement officer. If these characteristics sound like you, you could be on the road to a fulfilling career working in law enforcement.
We compiled this list of personal safety tips from safety and security experts, self-defense pros and civilians just like you. You never know, these could someday spare you an emergency situation and a call to 911—or even save your life.
As a society, we consume a lot of fictionalized drama through pop culture. It’s no surprise our interest grows when given a front-row seat to the latest developments of a real-life, high-profile criminal case. Join us as we remember some of the most famous court cases in recent history.
Patrol Officer vs. Sheriff's Deputy vs. Correctional Officer: Which Law Enforcement Job is Right for You?
These jobs—and the differences between them—aren’t typically common knowledge even though they all fall under the law enforcement umbrella. Join us as we take a closer look at the specifics of each career so you can have a better understanding of the differences.
Whether you are interested in exploring a career in law or just curious about how our legal system works, it can be helpful to understand the nuances of the field. One common confusion is civil law versus criminal law. Join us as we explore the differences.
Who are all of those people in the courtroom? What do they do? It turns out you don’t have to go to law school to work in this environment. There are a variety of courtroom jobs out there for people of all interests and education levels. Use this handy resource to learn more about who’s who in the courtroom.
If you’re considering a career in law enforcement, you may be wondering how the path differs from the traditional academic track. These programs are chock full of the interesting and essential training courses law enforcement professionals need to excel in their field. Learn more about what makes the Rasmussen College program unique.
What are some common duties of a police officer besides catching criminals or setting speed traps? We spoke with real law enforcement officials to learn about some of the lesser-known duties they perform to help keep you and your community safe.
There is more to law enforcement than just dealing with traffic violations and trespassing. Join us as we investigate some of the lesser-known types of crime police officers deal with on a regular basis.
There seems to be some confusion out there about the terms and phrases people are using to search for careers in criminal justice. In an effort to clarify that confusion, we’re offering our best academic comparison of criminology versus criminal justice versus criminalistics.
Cyberbullying has become a prevalent issue in today's society. But it’s difficult to understand what it really means at a legal level. But is cyberbullying illegal? Could it actually result in jail time? Keep reading for expert insights and clarity on the legal ramifications of cyberbullying.
It takes more than CSI reruns to be an ideal candidate for the job. So how do you know whether you’d be a good fit? We dug into the research and spoke with an expert investigator to find out what it takes to solve crimes in real life. Read on to find out if a crime-solving career could be in your future.
We've all seen crime TV. Different detectives and technicians and specialists running here and there. But how do all those people and professions fit together when a real crime occurs?
If you’re looking for a criminal justice career based on what you see each week on the small screen, think again. Experts agree that the fantasy of TV doesn’t match up very well with the reality of the job. We enlisted an expert to set the record straight.
Between the dramatized “true crime” shows and the straight up fictionalized programs, there’s no shortage of crime and legal programming in our lives. This is causing many legal professionals to notice the lines blurring between real life circumstances and Hollywood’s portrayal of it. It’s called the CSI effect and it’s changing modern day courtrooms.
If you’re a bona fide true crime addict, then you’re no stranger to the high profile documentaries like Making a Murderer, The Jinx and The People v. O.J. Simpson. But you may be less familiar with these six compelling documentaries that you can — as of December 2016 — stream instantly on Netflix!
What is it about female killers that continues to fascinate us? From some of the most notorious and well-researched cases to some confounding contemporary crimes currently dominating today’s media circus, there’s no denying the particularly chilling nature of female killers. Here are six of their unforgettable stories.
You don’t have to go through the ringer of law school to join the ranks of the professionals who keep our justice system doing its job. You just need the inside scoop on these often overlooked legal careers. Read on to find out if one of them could be the dream career that takes you inside the courtroom!
Sure, the lawyers seem to be in the limelight during court scenes. It’s not always so evident that these lawyers’ successes and failures often depend on their paralegals. Perhaps you have heard of this type of law career, but what does a paralegal really do?
Most criminal justice careers fall into three main categories: law enforcement, criminology or legal. No matter which track is right for you, there are plenty of exciting and rewarding career opportunities in each field. Take a look at these career options for graduates with a degree in criminal justice.
Rasmussen College criminal justice graduate Theresa Barden is living proof that even though life may throw you a curveball, perseverance in the face of adversity does pay off.
There are two facets to courtroom technology: the technology used to gather evidence, and the technology used in the presentation of the evidence at trial. Join us as we dig a bit deeper into the evolution of both.
You can’t avoid every “what if” scenario, but you can take steps to keep kids safe. Take the first step by acknowledging these six ways you could be potentially endangering your child. After all, even parents with the best of intentions make these common mistakes when it comes to their children’s safety.
Becoming a police officer can be an incredibly long and complex process. That's why we've enlisted the help of some experienced police officers to provide a step-by-step guide for your reference.
The hype around this face off has begun to die down, but in its wake, many are left with more questions than answers. Can our nation’s laws keep up with the rapidly evolving world of technology? What, if any, ethical bounds exist when it comes to encryption and personal devices in matters of national security? Was ‘Apple vs. FBI’ really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg?
As these law enforcement officers will tell you, there are some days when you get to be the hero every kid dreams of being. Read on as police heroes share about their favorite days on the job and why those moments make the danger worth it.
Let’s face it – it might be a while before the next Steven Avery or Adnan Syed works his or her way into the limelight. But there are a number of equally-intriguing cases that haven’t received as much press. In the meantime, let these six suspenseful unsolved crimes put your inner investigator to work.
You want to be seen as a valuable asset from your first day on the job, and that means specializing. Concentrating on a precise area of focus could be the key to making you more marketable as a paralegal. It’s also a great way to land a corporate legal position rather than working at a firm.
There are plenty of resources out there for individuals like you who are interested in law enforcement. We identified some resources to help direct your focus. Whether it is the police news making headlines, conversations over law enforcement technology or career-related information, the list below will have you covered when it comes to the latest trends in law enforcement.
We set out to answer this very question by speaking with those who know exactly what jail is like. How do they know? Because they’ve been there! Our conversations revealed a few surprising things Hollywood typically gets wrong.
If you can’t get enough of TV shows like Solved and Dateline, we know you’ll love these nine true crime podcasts. Bookmark this list and revisit whenever you’re itching to unleash your inner investigator!
Some law enforcement agencies have started equipping their officers with police body cameras, but not everyone is on board. To help understand the dispute, we enlisted some experts to weigh in on the pros and cons of the devices.
We connected with paralegal pros to find out exactly what the profession entails and the skills you’ll need to be successful. Pay attention to this insider insight to help decide if this career is right for you.
The case of private investigator versus police detective can be a tricky one. That’s why we gathered all of the facts to brief you on the differences between these two criminal justice careers. Examine the evidence for yourself and determine which career is right for you.
As you’ll find out in your job search, every police department does things a little differently due to size, jurisdiction and regulatory environment. There’s really no one-size-fits all when it comes to becoming a police detective, but these steps are the ones you’ll most likely encounter.
Police wife blogs have become great resources for connecting these women across the country and providing the support they need to support their men in uniform. Use this list to connect with others, learn more about the life of a law enforcement spouse or to simply boost your spirits in the difficult times.
With so many sources of content out there, it can be challenging to sort through the nonsense to determine what’s worth reading. That’s why we identified a list of the best and brightest law enforcement blogs to keep you safe, informed and even entertained.
It’s never too late to brush up on leadership skills and tactics to help you advance your career, says Paul Snyder, recent graduate of the Rasmussen College Human Resources and Organizational Leadership program in Topeka, Kansas. In fact, Snyder believes attending college after a successful career is the perfect time.
You thought a career in law enforcement would be perfect, but the recent run of bad news for police officers has you reconsidering. Despite some recent negative media coverage, police officers go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis. These eight stories might make you see officers in a different light.
You know both professions play a pivotal role in the criminal justice system, but you have no idea how they differ from one another. How can you confidently choose your career path if you don’t know where each path leads?
You know you want to be a police officer, but you still want a little more information before making a commitment. We identified some of the most common questions someone in your shoes is likely asking.
If you've ever wondered what a day in the life of a probation officer looks like, or if you think you have what it takes to become one- you came to the right place! We summoned the pros to reveal some of the things they wish they knew before becoming a probation officer.
Today there are more than 100,000 sworn female police officers in the U.S. This list highlights and celebrates some of the most influential female police officers and explains how they impacted the field of law enforcement.
There are a handful of crime museums and historical sites that highlight criminal justice history, famous cases, hands-on crime exhibitions and more. Learn about eight criminal justice attractions that are sure to fascinate you!
If you're stumped on what to buy that special police officer in your life this holiday season, look no further! We compiled a list of 10 ideas any cop would love to unwrap. And don't worry-we went beyond guns and knives, mostly.
Thursday, Aug. 28 started off like any other day at Rasmussen College's Ocala campus, except it wasn't just any other day. Later that day, an armed robber would flee the scene at a gas station near the campus, causing a deadly car crash. The gunman would make his way into the campus-leading to a lockdown. The SWAT Team and dispatch center would be involved, and there would be casualties and a hostage situation. There would also be students learning more than they ever could've imagined. Luckily &amp;amp;amp;amp;#8230; this elaborate situation was only a staged scenario that took place on campus that day.
The Green Bay campus hosted a free panel discussion Sept. 10 concerning autism awareness and the relationships that currently exist between families and persons with autism and the local law enforcement community. Law enforcement and nursing students, along with community members and police officers, learned about autism, a neurobiological disorder, and how law enforcement officers can better handle situations when communicating with individuals with this disorder.
On most occasions, reading up on pension plans and retirement planning would probably put you to sleep. But there's a good reason to get excited if you're getting started in law enforcement. Changes to Minnesota's public employee pension plan have resulted in a substantial increase in retirements-which could open the door for a wave of new officers and promotions.
Social media sites have become an invaluable tool for police departments to solve crimes. Learn about the new ways social media and law enforcement go hand-in-hand in crime-solving and investigating.
Twin Cities criminal justice student Anthony Kapets never thought he'd go to college. In fact, he says the idea seemed downright preposterous, admitting that he far from a model student in high school. But years later, after two enlistments in the military, Kapets is now on the front lines of a college education.
A panel of experts gathered to discuss careers in criminal justice. Watch the full video or check out our comprehensive guide of everything you need to know about opportunities in this field.
When trying to determine which career to pursue, there are a lot of questions to consider. What's my earning potential? Will I be able to find a job? What's the work/life balance like? All of these questions are important to consider, but the most important question for Wausau graduate Michele Weyer is whether or not she'll be able to make a positive impact through her work.
Criminals don't care about the gender of a police officer-they don't fight extra hard to get away from males and they're certainly not worried about being courteous around female officers. You've got to be tough to make it in law enforcement, no matter your gender. Mankato, Minn., criminal justice student Stephanie Beighley knows all about that toughness as she works her way toward a career in the justice system.
Becoming a law enforcement officer will allow you to continue being a great role model for your children and you'll get the added benefit of providing safety to your surrounding community.
It took years, but Rasmussen College criminal justice student Nicholas McNamara has finally found a fit. McNamara attended college in brief spurts with varying levels of success before and after his time in the Marine Corps but he never seemed to find a school that addressed his needs... until now.
Police departments from Eagan, Apple Valley, Cambridge and the U.S. Army Reserves have already booked space in the firearms simulator and there's talk of allowing departments to hone their CSI skills in the crime lab. Local police departments will eventually be able to use the facility at no cost.
Jake Johnson remembers running around as a kid playing with police toys, trying to stop the "bad guys" from carrying out their latest diabolical scheme. He most likely never thought much about making it into a career at the time, but as an adult Johnson has dedicated his life to stopping the "bad guys"-both in military service and now as a police officer.
New Port Richey Criminal Justice graduate Don Greene spent most of his life helping to build his community, both literally and figuratively.
After completing his military career, Rob Johnson was unsure of what to do next with his life; what he did know was he wanted a career that would provide him with the same sense of pride he had from serving his country.
27 million people are enslaved worldwide. Of those individuals, 80 percent are female and 50 percent are children. The average age of a child in sex trafficking is 12-to-14-years-old, according to Breaking Free Founder and Executive Director Vednita Carter. And, the problem is local. The FBI ranked Minnesota as one of 13 states for highest incidence of minors in sex trafficking.
From February to July 2013, the number of Pinterest users grew from 47 to 70 million. We decided to get involved and give you 33 of the top crime-related Pinterest boards out there.
Responding to domestic violence cases and helping victms is tricky. Officers need to be inquisitive without being invasive; and they need to be compassionate yet remain neutral.
All it takes is a few simple steps to keep your kids safe this summer.
When asked to reflect on my thoughts about National Police Week, I can't help but think of brotherhood. I have never experienced such a strong bond among individuals as I did in October 2005 when Kelly's husband Jonathan was killed in the line of duty during a high speed chase.
In the hours after police officer Tom Decker's death, I found myself hugging my husband, a police officer, as tightly as I could, crying and asking him not to go to work. He kissed me and told me that he loved me and headed out the door for what was going to be a very difficult shift. I quickly realized it wasn't fair for me to ask him not to go.
33 police-related apps to help current officers and future crime fighters. There's even a section on apps developed to keep the public safe.
In an age of frenzied social interaction, keep yourself informed about who is writing the most compelling crime-related articles.
If you're a woman in law enforcement, earning a criminal justice degree could be the most direct path to your next promotion and the difference between success or failure in the field.
The right quote has the power to inspire, intrigue or even incite its reader or listener. To that end, we've compiled the following criminal justice quotes.
Law enforcement agencies are seeing a more sophisticated and pervasive brand of organized crime every day, and earning a degree is one way to make sure you're on the frontlines of the fight.
So, you have committed yourself to earning a criminal justice degree, you're excited about your coursework and you're intrigued by a life of public service, but there's a problem, you're not crazy about guns.
What do you make? It's a question I get asked often by my students who want to be a police officer because for whatever reason, they think law enforcement officers get paid well. I give my students the whole truth, and often times students become even more motivated to pursue a career in law enforcement because they didn't realize how honorable a profession it really is.
Some time ago I was asked if I could turn the clock back and create my own criminal justice program, what it would look like. The only stipulation is the program would help me get ready for a career in criminal justice for whatever specialization I wanted. When I was asked about the ideal criminal justice program, I could only smile because I knew I was already teaching in it.
There are several people to admire in the world, including women of the criminal justice and political arena. With so many encouraging and uplifting women in the world, how do you know who to follow and look up to? In today's world, there is a demand for women in the criminal justice field as women continue to be underrepresented in this career area.
Books are part of our everyday lives and are a learning model for students to apply to their future careers and goals. There are books out there that may not be your textbook for class, but still apply to your learning experience, and specifically, your learning experience in the Rasmussen College School of Justice Studies. We went to the experts, our School of Justice Studies faculty, and asked them what books they would recommend to their current or future students.
Remember in elementary school when you would get the weekly vocabulary list to bring home and memorize the definitions and spellings? In our daily lives, we are constantly learning new words and phrases, and as a student studying or looking to study in the field of criminal justice, there are some need-to-know criminal justice vocabulary words.
Are you currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice or thinking about a future in criminal justice? We want to keep you up-to-date on the lingo of today's criminal justice field; you may need to know these criminal justice terms if you're going to pursue a criminal justice position.
There are many opportunities to volunteer in your community, and many valuable reasons to contribute your time. With so many options to volunteer for organizations in your area, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which one is right for you. Don't stress! We have outlined some of the biggest options for local law enforcement volunteer opportunities to make your decision easier for you.
What do you want to do when you grow up? It's a question many of you probably wrote an essay about in grade school. Some of you may still be trying to answer that question. From a professional athlete to a doctor or firefighter, most of us had childhood dreams. Aaron Gelle of Blaine says he's wanted to be a police officer since he was seven years old.
In the career field of criminal justice, it takes someone with courage and the willingness to serve others before themselves, but where does that motivation come from? There are several places to gain motivation, including here on the Rasmussen College Justice Studies blog. We created a list of 11 justice studies quotes to remember and inspire you as you go through your day.
As we continue to be more connected online through social networks and mobile phones, the dangers of maintaining our personal online security continue to increase. As businesses, schools, and households move toward digitally storage of important documents and personal mementos, we need to plan accordingly to keep our privacy safe.
Remember back in elementary school when you would get the weekly vocabulary list to bring home and memorize the definitions and spellings? In our daily lives, we are constantly learning new words and phrases, and as a student studying or looking to study in the field of criminal justice, there are some need-to-know criminal justice vocabulary words.
You've seen them portrayed in movies and television, but do you know their whole story? How they were caught? Let's learn more about five of the most notorious criminals in U.S. history and how they were caught courtesy of the FBI.
Have you wondered what you could do with your Justice Studies degree? There's a path for everyone, and there are several opportunities and experiences in store for you.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. This year, National Police Week is May 13-19, and it is dedicated to honor the memory of all law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
On Saturday, April 28, 2012 the Rasmussen College Criminal Justice Club in Bloomington, Minnesota hosted the Bloomington Police Department on campus. Representing the Bloomington Police Department was Officer Mike Larson and his K-9 partner, Riggs.
Do you have a favorite television show that focuses on the criminal justice system? Of course, we all do that is why there are so many of them on TV. These crime dramas take us through the lives of these fictional characters lives working within the different realms of the justice system. However, did you know that the majority of the professions shown on TV would require extensive experience as well as college degree?
Over one hundred corrections professionals from throughout Southern Minnesota returned to the classroom at the Rasmussen College Mankato campus on March 29, 2012 to sharpen their skills at the MCA Spring Workshop offerings.
Rasmussen College had the privilege to participate in the Minnesota State Law Enforcement Explorer's Academy March 31, 2012. The purpose of this academy is to provide law enforcement explorers, age 14-20 the chance to participate in a variety of scenarios to prepare them for the state competition held in Rochester, MN on April 19-21, 2012.
American prisons have been dealing with overcrowding for decades, requiring highly-trained and educated corrections officers to help maintain order for rehabilitation.
We recently had the chance to interview Rasmussen College Online student who is pursuing an online degree in criminal justice. Learn more about her experiences with online courses and her path to a criminal justice career.
When you think about careers in criminal justice, primetime TV might convince you that investigations are simple - the police discover a crime took place, uncover DNA and the case is therefore solved.
Maintaining order within a corrections facility may be one of the most exciting, demanding jobs a person can have today.
Man who made a career of hunting down terrorists shares his story with Rasmussen College - School of Justice Studies Students
Rasmussen College Criminal Justice students learn just how important the legal system is from a wrongfully accused man.
Learn more about the day in the life of a police officer through this provoking infographic.
Looking to pursue a law-oriented degree? This article explores career options for paralegals from an expert law copywriter.
Criminal justice instructor and police officer discusses a recent experience handling issues of discretion in the "field".
The ethical background of the officer- whether religious, natural, or cultural-influences all or decisions. Learn more about criminal justice instructor's take on ethics in law enforcement.
Students interested in furthering their education with a criminal justice degree must become acquainted with management information systems. Learn more about the importance of offender management systems in their careers.
Beyond the classroom, there's no better source of information for criminal justice students than the Internet. Blogs written by real criminal justice professionals, from law enforcement officers and security technologists to criminal investigators and forensic psychologists are a great supplement to your textbooks. We compiled 20 high quality criminal justice blogs that we think will help you gain an even better understanding of the criminal justice system.
The most confusing aspect in evaluating Supreme Court Justices surrounds the vocabulary used to describe them. If a Justice is labeled "liberal" they are most often associated with the Democratic Party and conversely "conservative" Justices are lopped in with the Republicans. This is not necessarily the case as the terms "liberal" and "conservative" refer to interpretation of the Constitution rather than political affiliation.