Did you know that you do have the right to a fair trial, no matter what the state of your guilt or innocence is? The average person may not understand what it means to have a fair trial. Here are tips for making sure you have a fair trial for your case.
How Are You Treated?
Notice if your trial is held during a reasonable amount of time. If not, you will need to find an attorney that helps you get your trial right away. Also, notice if the outcome of your trial is determined by a jury that is impartial and unbiased. The jury selection for your trial will need to be composed of people who aren’t connected to you.
In a fair trial, you will be given the chance to hire a reputable lawyer who will represent your best interests. You should have the choice of who you hire.
One of the best ways to find out your rights to a fair trial after an arrest is to read your Bill of Rights and your Constitution.
Know the Law
Understand that you do have the right to be heard publicly concerning your guilt or innocence, particularly, if you are innocent before, during, and after the arrest. You also do have the right to hire a lawyer who best represents your case.
Hiring a highly-credible lawyer involves researching their credentials, talking to referrals, and finding out their experience level, as per your case. Not all cases are the same when it comes to being arrested. Some cases carry heavier fines and more jail time. That is why you have the right to hire the right lawyer for you.
The law also says you have the right to representation even if you cannot afford it. Someone will be appointed to you. That also means you have the right to fire a lawyer and get a new one if you find that their personality and work ethic do not fit your needs.
Know that even if you have committed a serious crime you still have the same rights. That includes proper notification in the language of your choice, the proper time to prepare, the right to see evidence, and other important documents, about your case, and the right to represent yourself if you choose.
The Constitution, Bill of Rights, and hiring a credible lawyer for representation are your keys to a fair trial, regardless of your guilt or innocence. According to the law, everyone should be presumed innocent until proved beyond a reasonable doubt) of their guilt.
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