Know Your Rights in a Criminal Case
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS IN A CRIMINAL CASE
You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to refuse to answer any questions or provide any information which may incriminate you. Even if you do wish to cooperate with the authorities, it is best to do so with the advice of counsel.
You have the right to competent counsel and to have the opportunity to consult with them before you make any important decisions. You have the right to the best possible defense at trial.
You have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and to challenge any searches and seizures in a court of law.
You have the right to a speedy trial. You have the right to have your case heard promptly after you are charged. You also have the right to force the authorities to bring any charges they have without a delay that could damage your ability to present a defense.
You have the right to force the authorities to prove their case. You are presumed innocent. The burden is on the prosecutor to prove you guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
You have the right to confront the evidence and witnesses against you. You have the right to see what the state intends to use against you and to put the evidence and witnesses to the test.
You have the right to a fair and unbiased jury of your peers selected from the community at large and the right to question them to determine their impartiality.
If convicted, you may also have the right to an appeal.
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