Tried and Convicted

How Police, Prosecutors, and Judges Destroy Our Constitutional Rights


When an individual is accused of a crime he is provided, at least in theory, with numerous constitutional rights throughout the legal process. These constitutional rights, however, are soft and flexible, and are subject to a tremendous amount of manipulation by police, prosecutors, and judges. The result is that these government agents are easily able to bypass, and in fact destroy, our constitutional protections.

This abuse of our fundamental rights is extremely dangerous. Far from being mere technicalities, constitutional rights benefit all citizens, not just the factually guilty, in ways that go unappreciated by most of us. In today’s hyper-vigilant, tough-on-crime climate, many good people from all walks of life find themselves charged with serious crimes for behaving in ways that most of us would be shocked to learn are criminal. For these reasons, it is in all of our interests to ensure strong constitutional safeguards for everyone.

Tried and Convicted explains several individual constitutional rights that are intended to protect us from the vagaries of the criminal justice system, and gives detailed examples of how government agents routinely circumvent those rights. It also exposes the underlying problems that enable government agents to circumvent the constitution, and concludes by offering potential solutions to these problems. Using real life examples throughout, Cicchini provides a wake-up call for all of us.
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; July 2012
  • ISBN 9781442217195
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Tried and Convicted
  • Author: Cicchini, Michael D., JD
  • Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

In The Press

In this book, Michael D. Cicchina, a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney, argues quite convincingly that fundamental constitutional liberties are under attach by criminal justice practitioners. ... [T]he author also makes a convincing argument that the right to pricacy is a soft law that is routinely violated by governmental agents. ... This book is very eye opening and should be read by anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. It is a concise and well-written work that would make excellent supplemental reading material for virtually any undergraduate or graduate level course related to criminal law or criminal procedure. I strongly recommend this book. Once I opened it, I literally could not stop reading.

About The Author

Michael D. Cicchini, J.D., is a criminal defense lawyer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Based on his numerous trial wins in felony cases, he has been named among “The Top 100 Trial Lawyers” in Wisconsin by The National Trial Lawyers, and among “The Top Young Lawyers” in Wisconsin by Super Lawyers and Milwaukee Magazine. Cicchini is a coauthor of But They Didn’t Read Me My Rights! Myths, Oddities, and Lies About Our Legal System, and the author of numerous articles on criminal and constitutional law. He also founded The Legal Watchdog blog where he writes on legal and other topics. More information, including the full text of his articles and a link to The Legal Watchdog blog, can be found at