Know Your Rights
Knowing Your Rights Can Help You Make Better Decisions
Since its inception, the United States of America has been unique in its concern for fairness and justice in the legal process. Every single citizen and resident of the U.S. is guaranteed certain rights under the Constitution. Even those accused, charged or convicted of a criminal offense still retain legal rights. If these rights are violated at any point in the proceedings, from the arrest to the trial, the outcome of a criminal case can and usually will change in favor of the defendant. The media and the public have become consumed with ‘victim’s rights.’ We focus on your rights!
If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime or under investigation for a criminal allegation, it is vital to consult with a trusted criminal attorney who has extensive experience protecting defendant’s rights. Please contact us today at (248) 263-6800 for a FREE consultation to ensure your legal rights are protected.
Individuals who have been accused or charged with a crime have various legal rights. Five constitutional rights are especially important and you should always invoke them. They include:
Defendant’s Right to an Attorney
Every defendant has the right to obtain legal counsel. If an individual cannot afford an attorney, the court must appoint one at no cost. A person being investigatod for a criminal offense should always invoke their right to speak to an attorney before answering any questions. A defendant can also choose to represent him/herself in court; however, this is NOT recommended.
Defendant’s Right to a Jury Trial
All individuals charged with crimes have the right to a fair, public, and speedy trial. Furthermore, they are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by 12 impartial jurors (felony) or 6 impartial jurors (misdemeanor).
Defendant’s Right to Confront Witnesses
An individual has the right to question and cross-examine every witness that testifies against him/her in a trial.
Defendant’s Right to Produce Evidence
A defendant may present his/her evidence and witnesses to the court.
Right to Remain Silent
You have the right to remain silent—the right to remain silent means that you do not have to talk to the police. Sometimes, police tell you that you do not have to speak. When an officer reads various rights to a person who is placed under arrest, this is referred to as Miranda warnings. The police will tell the person under arrest that he or she has the right to remain silent, and that anything they say “can and will be used against them.” But even if the police do not read you your rights, you do not have to talk to them. It’s almost always better if you do not talk to the police. Never talk with the police without a lawyer.
Accused of a Crime? Your Rights Must be Protected
If law enforcement or a private citizen is alleging that you committed a felony or misdemeanor offense, no one in the “system” will be concerned with protecting your constitutional rights. You have important rights and protections guaranteed by the United States and Michigan Constitutions. The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. will zealously, tirelessly and fearlessly protect and defend your rights. Call us at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you. Don’t be sold out by the lowest bidder, when your freedom, reputation, employment, and family are at stake.
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