In a previous post, this column addressed some of the rights provided to Michigan residents who are facing criminal charges. This week, this column will go over some of the other, less commonly known rights you have if you find yourself accused of a federal crime. Let’s dig in.
Right to bond
Bond is set in most criminal cases, unless prosecuting attorneys can provide a strong reason for the court to reject setting bond. If paid, you can spend your time at home while you settle your case, whether through negotiations or trial. Your right here comes to the amount at which your bond is set. You have the right to have it set at a reasonable sum.
Right to credit for time served
Over the course of your criminal investigation or during the trial, you may spend time behind bars. The good news is, that time can count toward any time ordered in sentencing if you’re ultimately convicted. You have a right to spend no more time in jail or prison than is required of you.
Right to the confrontation of witnesses
When accused of a crime, you have the right to hear from your accusers and witnesses. You have the right to question them — with the help of legal counsel. In line with this, you also have the right to provide witnesses who can speak on your behalf.
Knowing your rights when accused of a federal crime will help you as you navigate the system. If you aren’t sure what your rights are, legal counsel can explain them to you and assist you as you choose to exercise them. To learn more, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.