What is habeas corpus?
Habeas corpus, in modern usage, is a lawsuit filed by prisoners or their families to fight false and indefinite imprisonment, imprisonment due to ineffective assistance of a prior attorney or counsel, and to alter the conditions of imprisonment.
A Habeas Corpus petition requests a “writ” from a court of law that requires government agencies to appear in court to address the nature of a prisoner’s imprisonment.
In essence, the accused has the right to know what they are being charged with, to challenge wrongful or unfair convictions, and to challenge unhygienic, uncomfortable, or otherwise harmful conditions of confinement under the Constitution of the United States.
For background, the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment requires that no citizen can be deprived of “life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Furthermore, Article I, Section 9, Clause 2 of the 14th Amendment states the following:
“The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.”
If a court finds that a person’s rights regarding imprisonment, confinement, detention, or arrest have been violated, the courts will demand a “relief” or release of custody under habeas corpus.
Contact Nick Sitterly, habeas corpus attorney, today if you or someone you know believes they have been falsely arrested or detained.