Your Rights As A Criminal Defendant

  • Right to remain silent.
    You are not required to say anything to police or investigators until your attorney is present.
  • Right to an attorney.
    You have a constitutional right to an attorney to defend you in a criminal proceeding.
  • Right to a speedy trial.
    If you are charged with a crime with the possibility of carrying a six-month or longer jail term, you have the right to a speedy trial and a jury trial.
  • Right to confront witnesses.
    You have the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses in your trial.
  • Right against self-incrimination.
    You have the right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself.
  • Right to produce evidence.
  • You have the right to present evidence favorable to your defense and to have the court subpoena witnesses.

  • If you are found guilty after a trial, you are entitled to an appeals process.