Written by attorney Michael Scott Yeager

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Criminal Law

Those accused of crimes have a number of rights guaranteed by the United States and State of Alabama Constitutions. These rights include: • The right to remain silent in order to avoid self-incrimination; • The right to competent legal representation; • The right to reasonable bail: • The right to a fair and public trial; • The right to be informed of the charges against you; • The right to be confronted with the witnesses against you and to gather witnesses of your own; • As well as a number of other rights. A criminal defendant is also presumed innocent until proven guilty. This means the prosecutor has the burden of proving (beyond a reasonable doubt) that you committed the criminal act(s) in question. This also means a defendant does not have to do anything or say anything to prove she/he is innocent.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it. Baldwin County Corrections Center is located in Bay Minette and is the primary correctional facility for the region, but each municipality has their own police force and local jail. Go to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office website to find current inmates and bookings from the previous 24 hours as well as more information on what to expect and what to do after an arrest.

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