Know your rights and be willing to learn if you’re facing charges
In our two previous blog posts, we discussed some very important points in the criminal justice system. Both of these points hammer home how important it is for all defendants to know their rights, understand their charges and the applicable laws, have a plan for developing their defense and be willing to learn what they don’t already know.
If you are facing criminal charges, each decision you make can impact your defense. With this in mind, it is a good idea to invoke your rights to remain silent and to have an attorney with you when you are being questioned. These two points can help to ensure that you aren’t saying things that might be twisted into an admission of guilt that you didn’t intend and that you have another person who can help to protect your rights.
There are some rights that you might not know how to approach. The right to a speedy trial, for example, is one that has been interpreted in different ways by different courts. You might realize that you have the right to consult with an attorney before you enter a plea, but your right to counsel doesn’t stop there. You also have the right to consult with trusted friends and family members before you enter a plea.
As you can see, there are a lot of elements to the criminal justice system that aren’t widely known. If you are facing charges, right now is the time to ensure that you learn about your rights and how you can exercise and protect them as your case moves through the system.