Using Your Constitutional Rights: Protection During a Colorado Trial
This is the second part of a two-part blog series on your Constitutional rights as a Colorado citizen accused of a crime. Your rights during an arrest can be seen in the first part of the series.
Trials are complicated matters. Without fully knowing your rights, you may take actions that harm your case. As such, having complete knowledge of how the U.S. Constitution aids you and protects you throughout a trial.
Protecting Yourself During a Trial
Most people know that the U.S. Constitution provides that all defendants are innocent until proven guilty. However, there are many other rights that protect you as you fight back against charges from the prosecution. Knowing these can help you stay protected and have the best chances at success.
- You are guaranteed a fair process in all hearings.
- You have the right to informed counsel.
- You have the right to fight the charges in court in front of a jury.
- You must be informed of the charges you face.
- If you choose to fight the charges, your right to a speedy and public trial by impartial jury is protected.
- During trial, your right to not incriminate yourself is protected as is your right to confront the witness.
- If convicted, you are protected from excessive fines as well as cruel and unusual punishment. You also have the right to appeal the decision of the court.
- You are protected from a second trial for the same crime.
Fighting the Charges
There are many reasons why you may want to fight the charges in court. If any of your rights were violated before, during, or after your arrest, you may be able to have evidence dismissed and charges dropped. Was evidence wrongfully obtained? Were you not informed of your rights before being questioned? Were you the victim of discrimination? It is absolutely crucial that everyone receives fair treatment and that the protections provided by the Constitution are upheld throughout the proceedings.
No matter how severe your charges may be, these rights will always be in place. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our legal team is prepared to defend you from a wide variety of criminal charges. To learn more, call (719) 475-2555 to receive a free consultation.