Everyone is guaranteed certain rights under the United States and Texas Constitutions – even those accused, charged, or convicted of a criminal offense still retain legal rights. If these rights are violated at any point in the proceedings from arrest to the trial, the outcome of a criminal case can, and usually will, change often in favor of the defendant.
If you are facing criminal charges, do not risk your rights or liberty. Please contact the qualified criminal defense attorneys at Baird Law Firm who will work vigorously to ensure your legal rights and interests are fully protected at every step of the legal process.
Important Rights You Should Be Aware Of
Individuals who have been accused or charged with a crime have various legal rights, five of which are extremely important and should always be invoked. They include:
- Defendant’s Right to an Attorney. Every defendant has the right to obtain legal counsel. If an individual cannot afford an attorney, the court must appoint one at no cost. A defendant can also choose to represent him/herself in court, which is not recommended.
- Defendant’s Right to a Jury Trial. All individuals charged with crimes have the right to a fair, public, and speedy trial. Furthermore, they are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by impartial jurors.
- Defendant’s Right Against Self-Incrimination. A defendant has the legal right to remain silent to prevent self-incrimination. Defendants may also testify on their own behalf.
- Defendant’s Right to Confront Witnesses. An individual has the right to question and cross-examine every prosecution witness that testifies at trial.
- Defendant’s Right to Produce Evidence. A defendant may present his/her evidence to the court and subpoena witnesses and evidence that could favorably determine the outcome of the case.
Contact Baird Law Firm to ensure your rights are constitutionally represented.