Every defendant has certain rights, including the US Constitution’s 6th Amendment right to counsel, the right to a fair and speedy trial and the right to know precisely what the charges are.
Your US Constitutional Rights
- Right to an attorney
- Right to cross examine (question) and confront witnesses
- Right to testify on one’s own behalf
- Right to remain silent
- Right to speedy trial
- Right to use courts subpoena power to compel witnesses to testify
- Right to a jury trial (in most cases)
- Right of presumed innocence unless proven guilty
US CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
The United States is known for fairness and justice in the legal process. Every citizen and legal resident of the United States is guaranteed certain rights under the US Constitution. Even if you are accused, charged, or convicted of a criminal offense you still retain legal rights. If the defendant’s rights are violated at any point in the criminal proceedings, from the arrest to the trial, the outcome of a criminal case can change in favor of the defendant.
If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime, it is important to consult with a trusted criminal lawyer who has extensive experience protecting defendant’s rights. Please contact our Ft Lauderdale criminal attorney today for a FREE case evaluation to ensure your legal rights are protected.
Your Legal Rights
Individuals who have been charged of a crime have certain legal rights, some of which are extremely important and should be remembered.
Right to a Lawyer:
Every defendant has the right to obtain legal counsel. If an individual cannot pay for a lawyer, the court must appoint one at no cost. A defendant also has a right to defend in court without a lawyer. This tactic is NOT recommended.
Right to Confront Witnesses:
A defendant or defense attorney has the right to cross-examine every witness that testifies against him/her in trial.
Right to a Jury Trial:
A defendant accused of a crime has the right to a fair, public, and speedy trial. Furthermore, defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Right Against Self-Incrimination:
A defendant has the legal right to remain silent.
Right to Produce Evidence:
A defendant has a right to bring forth his or her evidence to the court or file a motion for a subpoena to call forth all witnesses and evidence that could favorably determine the outcome of the case, at no cost.
If you are charged with a crime, don’t risk your future. Know your rights! Please contact a qualified Ft. Lauderdale criminal attorney at John P. Contini & Associates, P.A. who will work energetically to ensure your Constitutional rights are fully protected at every step of the criminal process.