Rights of Criminal Defendants

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What are the Rights of Criminal Defendants?

When a person is charged with a crime, they become a criminal defendant. In order for the defendant to be convicted and punished for the crime, the government must bring a case against the defendant to prove that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The United State Constitution assures criminal defendants a number of rights which limit the manner in which the government can investigate, prosecute and punish criminal behavior. These include the right to remain silent, the right to representation, the right to a speedy, public jury trial, and the right not to be tried for the same crime twice (double-jeopardy).

The right to representation and the right to remain silent are contained in the 5th Amendment and are commonly referred to as the Miranda rights.

Where Can I Find an Attorney If I Am Charged With a Crime?

Legal representation can be crucial if you are charged with a crime. It doesn’t matter if you have a private criminal defense attorney, a public defender or even a legal coach for self-representation, you should have counsel for what may be a life changing trial.

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Last Modified: 10-18-2012 03:27 PM PDT

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