Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights Podcast

Join the Maricopa County Library District and the Public Defender’s Office as we talk to community experts as well as attorneys on best practices, tips and tricks, and basic questions on basic rights. Our librarians will also chip in, giving you the best free library resources to continue your quest for knowledge.

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The Basics of Courtroom Etiquette

Episode 23, published Monday, October 18, 2021.

So you've got your court date but do you know what to expect, how to dress, or what to say? Join our Public Defenders as they talk about courtroom etiquette and what you can prepare for before you go to court.

What We Get Wrong About Miranda Rights

Episode 22, published Monday, October 11, 2021.

You see this scenario on TV all the time: An entire criminal case is thrown out because the police didn't read the suspect their Miranda Rights during the original arrest. Did you know that's not exactly how Miranda Rights work in the real world? Join our Public Defenders Ross Kader and John Champagne as they dispel myths and talk about about when Miranda Rights really come into play in the criminal justice system.

#DeviousLicks: A TikTok Challenge Felony?

Episode 21, published Monday, October 4, 2021.

The TikTok #deviouslicks challenge has made stealing from and vandalizing school restrooms seem like a fun thing to do, but it can have lasting consequences. Join us as we hear from attorneys at the Public Defender's Office talk about what types of criminal charges can result from this challenge and what the long-term ramifications could be.

Mental Health Court-Ordered Treatment

Episode 20, published Monday, September 27, 2021.

Even though we don't have mental asylums any more, sometimes people need mental health court-ordered treatment. Listen to Dan Fenzel, Office of the Public Advocate, talk about patients' rights when they are ordered to undergo mental health treatment, if they are involuntarily committed, and how the process works.

#FreeBritney and Arizona Conservatorships

Episode 19, published Monday, September 20, 2021.

Conservatorships have been in the news a lot lately, but do you know what the laws are regarding them here in Arizona? Join us as we talk to someone from the Office of the Public Fiduciary about what exactly conservators and guardians do and how they're appointed or removed.

Dependencies: When Parents Are Found Unfit

Episode 18, published Monday, September 13, 2021.

Do you know what the process is when a parent is unable to be a fit parent? Join us as we talk to a Maricopa County Legal Defender as she talks us through the process and how the Office of the Legal Defender makes sure that the parent's rights are protected.

Protest Rights & What to Know Before you Go

Episode 16, published Monday, September 6, 2021.

Do you know what your rights are for peaceful protests or demonstrations? Hear from a number of Public Defender attorneys about what you need to know before you go to a protest.

Community Spotlight: Help for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Episode 15, published Monday, August 30, 2021.

Join us as we continue our discussion about ameliorating the stigma and shame around children with incarcerated parents. We'll talk with Judy Krysik, the Director of the ASU Center for Child Well-being about their program "Empathy Through Literacy" and find out how you can get involved!

Children of Incarcerated Parents: Stories of Shame and Stigma

Episode 14, published Monday, August 23, 2021.

Join us for as we talk to attorneys and community partners about the stigma and shame associated with being a child with an incarcerated parent. We'll hear stories and talk about what people can do to help children in our community.

Community Spotlight Re-Run: LGBTQIA+ Youth Organizations

Episode 17, published Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Join us for an interview with Nate Rhoton, the executive director of One n Ten as well as Leslie George, the co-chair of Phoenix GLSEN as we talk about the resources available for our local LGBTQIA+ youth.