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.