When you are facing criminal charges you have the following rights:
The Right to Be Represented by an Attorney All citizens who are faced with criminal charges have the express right to have legal counsel. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court you are charged in can appoint an attorney to represent you for no cost. While most courts are hesitant to allow it, you have the right to represent yourself. However, it is recommended that you do not defend yourself as the criminal justice system is complicated at best and the potential consequences of handling your own case can be catastrophic to your future.
You Have the Right to Have Your Case Heard by a Jury of your PeersWhen charged with a crime, you have the right to have a public and speedy trial in front of a jury. You can waive that right and decide to opt for a bench trial. A Jury trial means you will have the right to present your case and defend your case in front of a jury and it is the jury who will make the final determination of whether you are found guilty or not guilty. However, if you choose, you can have a Bench trial. A Bench trial essentially means you have chosen to waive your right to have a jury hear your case and agreed that a Judge can hear it and make a final determination of guilty or not guilty. This right must be asserted in a timely manner to assure you do not lose this right.
You Have the Right to Remain Silent Throughout the Entire TrialYou do not have to testify at your trial. Further, you have the right to remain silent and protect yourself from self-incrimination. This right remains throughout the entire trial.
You also have the right to testify.
Challenging the Prosecution Witnesses You have the right to question and challenge the witnesses who are testifying against you.
Bringing in Your Own Evidence and Witnesses You have the right to show exhibit evidence in front of the jury. This includes your right to have witnesses testify on your behalf.
If you are accused of any crime in the State of Washington, do not risk these rights.
Seek a competent and experienced attorney to assure you retain all your rights. Call Cynthia Macklin, she is very experienced in criminal defense and will make absolutely certain you do not lose these valuable rights.Type your paragraph here.
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If you are reading this now, you, or someone you know is likely up against the possibility or reality of criminal charge(s). The decisions you make now are vital to how your case will go. Choosing the right attorney will make a world of difference on the end result. You need to understand what rights you have and what your next move should be. Attorney Cynthia Macklin has extensive knowledge and experience in handling these types of cases. Call Cynthia today to get a FREE initial consultation to make sure you understand what rights you have and how to protect those rights.
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Being accused of a crime is life changing. If you are facing criminal charges or are the subject of a criminal investigation, you need an aggressive, competent, experienced, and strong advocate to fight for you and to protect your rights. Cynthia Macklin has been defending the accused for almost two decades. Cynthia will do a complete and thorough investigation to find every possible tool available to fight the charges you are facing and keep you out of jail.
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