When a person is charged with a crime, most often, they will eventually enter into a plea deal in return for a lesser charge and/or penalties; unless of course, their case is dismissed entirely. However, some defendants choose to fight their charges and take their case to trial if they believe they were wrongly arrested and charged with a crime. If this has happened to you, it is critical to talk to a licensed Indiana criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to learn which course of action is best for your unique case.
In the meantime, it may also help to understand what your rights will be if you do go to trial. Continue reading to do just that!
When a defendant goes to trial, they are allotted certain constitutional rights, regardless of the criminal charges they face. These rights include, but are not limited to, the following:
You Have the Right to…
☑ Know the criminal charges against you;
☑ Know the dates and times of all scheduled hearings;
☑ Attend all hearings;
☑ Know what information and evidence will be presented to the judge about the case;
☑ Have a trial within 20 business days of being detained, or within 60 business days of being released;
☑ Question witnesses, or “cross-examine” them on the stand;
☑ Present information to the judge regarding your case, have other people or witnesses give information to the judge regarding your case, and make arguments against any information or evidence regarding your case;
☑ Retain a private lawyer on your own, or be appointed a public defender for free;
☑ Decline to explain what happened during the crime, to the judge or anyone else, if you don’t want to;
☑ Make the state show “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” to convince a judge that you broke the law;
For Juvenile Cases (17 years and younger):
☒ You DO NOT have a right to a jury trial. Only a judge will hear a juvenile case.
☒ You DO NOT have the right to bail, which means you cannot pay to be released from juvenile detention or detainment.
Start on Your Defense ASAP
If want a chance at avoiding jail time or having your charges dropped or reduced, you need a skilled Indianapolis criminal defense attorney working your case. Although you can choose to use a public defender, a stronger chance at dismissing criminal charges or entering into alternative sentencing agreements is by hiring a licensed defense lawyer. They have the experience, litigation skills, and acute knowledge of the law to effectively build a defense that challenges your criminal allegations and pursue a more favorable outcome for your case.