When accused of a crime, it is easy to feel that your life is falling apart. It is easy to feel that you have no rights. Thankfully, that is far from the truth. Your life is not over, and you do have rights. All Michigan residents are protected by the U.S. Constitution, which provides certain rights to those charged with crimes. Here are some of them.
Number one: Right to speak or refuse to speak your truth
In other words, you have the right to remain silent. You may choose whether to speak to law enforcement authorities. You may choose whether to testify in court. Legal counsel can help you determine if speaking your truth would be to your benefit or detriment.
Number two: Right to legal counsel
You have the right to defend yourself if you so choose. You also have the right to have legal counsel at your side. Having someone with experience navigating criminal proceedings on your team can only help.
Number three: Right to be presumed innocent
Being accused of a crime is not the same as being convicted of one. You are not guilty until a judge or jury says so. It is not your job to prove your innocence either. The burden of proof is on the prosecuting attorney.
Number four: Right to trial
While most federal cases are settled before the trial phase, if you want a trial, you can have one. It all comes down to whether it will serve your best interests. In select cases, it may be the way to go.
Know and understand your rights
There are several other rights Michigan residents are guaranteed. It is important to know and understand what they are. If you aren’t sure or need help understanding or exercising them, legal counsel can help with that. To learn more, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.