Michiganders who have been charged with federal crimes may feel like there is little they can do to help themselves. The potential consequences are usually significant, and the stakes are high. While you may feel inclined to give up and accept whatever punishment is coming your way, know that you do not have to. You do have rights, and those rights are in place to protect you — so make sure to use them.
What are some of the rights that a person accused of a crime has? First, you have the right to hold your tongue or share your truth. There is a time to remain silent and a time to testify. Legal counsel can help you decide if or when you should do either.
Second, you have the right to legal representation. No one should have to navigate the federal criminal court system alone. It is simply too complex. So, having legal counsel with experience in this particular arena at your side will undoubtedly be to your benefit.
Third, you have the right to the presumption of innocence. Just because you’ve been charged with a crime does not mean you should be treated as guilty. Charged and convicted are two completely different things. You should be treated as innocent until, and only if, proven otherwise.
Finally, the fourth right that will be discussed is the right to a jury trial. Not all federal criminal cases make it to trial. Many are resolved through plea agreements. However, some cases would benefit from going to trial. Legal counsel can help you decide which route would better serve your interests.
Being accused of a federal crime is a serious matter. Having legal counsel who is ready to defend and protect your rights is a must. The other rights Michigan residents accused of federal crimes enjoy can be found on our firm’s website. There you will also find information about how an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you with your case from start to finish.