What are your rights in a criminal case?

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Right to an Attorney

Defendants have the right to an attorney throughout legal proceedings. The court will appoint an attorney for the defendant at no charge if she can't afford to hire one.


Right to a Jury Trial

Defendants have the right to a speedy, public jury trial. At the trial, the defendant is presumed innocent, and cannot be convicted unless a jury has been convinced of the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


Right to Confront Witnesses

Defendants have the right to confront and cross-examine all witnesses testifying against them.


Right against Self Incrimination

The defendant has the right to remain silent, to prevent self incrimination, and the right to testify on her own behalf.


Right to Produce Evidence

The defendant has the right to present evidence and to have the court issue a subpoena to bring all witnesses and evidence favorable to her, at no cost to her.

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