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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

Law Day Essay & Art Contest

CONTEST RULES

  •  There is both an essay contest and a drawing/art contest
  •  Students must be 12th graders in attendance of any High School in Monterey County
  •  Essays and artwork need to be received in MCOE Student Services Office at 901 Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA 93901 by 3 pm on Friday, April 1, 2016
  •  Teachers of winning students will be notified on April 15, 2016
  • View Contest Overview Flyer

Essay Contest

  •  Essay Contest Theme: “Miranda...More than Words”
  •  Essays should be 750-1500 words in length.
  •  Essays need to be labeled with the student name, school, US Government/Economics teacher, and phone number
  •  All essays must be the original work of the student whose name and school is listed on the submission form. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
  • View Essay Contest Rubric
Art Contest
  • Drawing/Art Contest Theme: In Liberty We Stand...The 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments to the Constitution.
  •  Artwork needs to be labeled on the back with student name, school, US Government/Economics teacher, and phone number
  •  Artist gives permission for Artwork to be exhibited at some school events
  • View Art Contest Rubric

ABOUT THE THEME

The Miranda Warning has become ingrained in law enforcement and has permeated popular consciousness through countless recitations in films and television shows. The Miranda rights are now included in the 5th Amendment, stating that all individuals retain the right to remain silent to avoid getting themselves in trouble at the time of arrest. Furthermore, the Miranda rights require that people arrested are made aware of some of their rights, including their right to hire a lawyer. 

The 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments

The Fourth Amendment, or Amendment IV of the United States Constitution is the section of the Bill of Rights that protects people from being searched or having their things taken away from them without any good reason. Generally speaking, if the government or any law enforcement official wants to do that, he or she must have a very good reason to do that and must get permission to perform the search from a judge.

The Fifth Amendment, or Amendment V of the United States Constitution is the section of the Bill of Rights that protects you from being held for trial unless there is probable cause that you committed a crime. The Fifth Amendment,  guarantees due process, meaning that the state and the country have to respect your legal rights. 

The Sixth Amendment, or Amendment VI of the United States Constitution is the section of the Bill of Rights that guarantees a citizen a speedy trial, a fair jury, an attorney if the accused person wants one, and the chance to confront the witnesses who are accusing the defendant of a crime, meaning he or she can see who is making accusations. 

Source: http://kids.laws.com

Contacts

Yvette Irving

Assistant Superintendent
yirving@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.755.1405

Juanita Martinez

Executive Assistant
jmartine@monterey.k12.ca.us
Phone: 831.755.6404

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