What are your rights in the criminal process?

What are your rights in the criminal process?

Accused of a crime? You have rights. In this brief guide, we take a look at the rights you have with regards to the criminal process in the United States.

Anyone charged with a crime in the USA is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Although the criminal process might make defendants feel like a criminal, they are not one until convicted in court.

A Few of the Many Rights You Have in Throughout the Criminal Process:

  1. A Right to a Fair Trial
  2. Right to Due Process
  3. Right to Seek Redress or Legal Remedy
  4. Rights of participation in politics or civil society (i.e. right to assemble)
  5. Right to petition
  6. Right of self-defense
  7. Right to vote
  8. Burden of proof is on the prosecution (not your obligation to prove otherwise)
  9. Rights guarding against unlawful search and seizures
  10. Right to not self-incriminate (under the Fourth Amendment)
  11. The right to ‘plead the Fifth’ and refuse to answer any question that may be self-incriminating
  12. Right to not be prosecuted twice for the same crime (Double Jeopardy)
  13. The right for criminal defendants to be represented by counsel of their choice
  14. Right to request a jury trial
  15. Right to an impartial jury

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