What Are Your Rights?

First, you have the right to a criminal defense lawyer. Defendants have the right to a criminal defense lawyer throughout the legal proceedings. The court may appoint an attorney for the defendant at no charge if they cannot afford to hire one. However, at the end of the case, they may be required to pay all or part of the costs for the attorney.
You Have The Right To A Jury Trial.
Defendants have the right to a speedy, public jury trial. At the trial the defendant is assumed innocent, and cannot be convicted unless a jury is convinced of the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
You Have The Right To Confront Witnesses.
Defendants have the right to confront and cross-examine all witnesses testifying against them.
You Have The Right Against Self-incrimination.
Defendant has the right to remain silent to prevent self-incrimination and the right to testify on their own behalf.
You Have The Right To Produce Evidence.
The defendant has the right to present evidence and to have the court issue a subpoena to bring into court all witnesses and evidence single to them at no cost to them.
Miranda Rights.
Before the law enforcement officer questions you during a custodial interrogation, he or she should read you your Miranda Rights.
  1. You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions. Do you understand?
  2. Anything you do say may be used against you in a court of law. Do you understand?
  3. You have the right to consult an attorney before speaking to the police and to have an attorney present during questioning now or in the future. Do you understand?
  4. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you before any questioning if you wish. Do you understand?
  5. If you decide to answer questions now without an attorney present you will still have the right to stop answering at any time until you talk to an attorney. Do you understand?
  6. Knowing and understanding your rights as I have explained them to you, are you willing to answer my questions without an attorney present?
If you are not given these warnings, your lawyer may ask that any statements you made to the police not be used against you in court. But this does not necessarily mean that your case will be dismissed and this does not apply if you volunteer information without being questioned by the police. You can be questioned without a lawyer present only if you voluntarily give up your rights and if you understand that you are giving them up. Never give up your rights.