People who are charged with a crime and found not guilty should have their legal bills paid for by the government, in addition to restitution for damages.

Granted, not guilty is not necessarily the same thing as innocent. But even so, if the government is bringing a case against a private citizen, they are forcing them to spend thousands in legal fees, they limit their employment options and freedom pre-trial. Those who are not guilty of a crime but put through this ordeal should be compensated accordingly. Especially those who are convicted but later exonerated. Edit: For those who say “what about people who get off on a technicality?”, yes, they should be compensated, too. For one, there is no such thing as a “technicality”; it is called constitutional due process. And if one’s constitutional due process is violated by the government in the course of their arrest and prosecution, them walking is the price the government pays for breaking its own rules. A guilty person walking is a more preferable outcome than an innocent person being incarcerated. submitted by /u/DelectPierro to r/unpopularopinion [link] [comments]

Granted, not guilty is not necessarily the same thing as innocent. But even so, if the government is bringing a case against a private citizen, they are forcing them to spend thousands in legal fees, they limit their employment options and freedom pre-trial. Those who are not guilty of a crime but put through this ordeal should be compensated accordingly. Especially those who are convicted but later exonerated.

Edit: For those who say “what about people who get off on a technicality?”, yes, they should be compensated, too. For one, there is no such thing as a “technicality”; it is called constitutional due process. And if one’s constitutional due process is violated by the government in the course of their arrest and prosecution, them walking is the price the government pays for breaking its own rules. A guilty person walking is a more preferable outcome than an innocent person being incarcerated.

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