One day you may face criminal accusations. Regardless of the truth of these accusations, you need to know what to do should you be accused. There are some steps that anyone accused should know and steps to take when facing criminal charges.
Contact a Lawyer
Lawyers know and understand the ins and outs of the law and the court system. They are best able to navigate a criminal case in a way that is most beneficial for the defendant. A criminal defense attorney can give you his opinion about your odds of success. He can also help you possibly work out a deal with the prosecution, and work for your acquittal. If you cannot afford an attorney, the state will provide one for you.
All citizens have a right to a trial before a jury of their peers. In certain cases, the defendant can waive their right to a trial by jury. They can either settle with the plaintiff or go before a judge directly, but the basic right still exists. Another right given to U.S. citizens is that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. The burden of proof lies on the plaintiff, and the defendant is not required to prove their innocence. The prosecutor must present a strong case that leaves no room for any other reasonable conclusion than that the defendant is guilty. This need for proof helps protect the rights of the accused. It is one of the most important features of the legal system.
The criminal accusation is not enough by itself to put you on trial for a crime. The prosecutor must first present enough evidence to a grand jury, they then decide if there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial. If the grand jury does not find that there is enough evidence to issue an indictment, or a formal charge of the offense, then there will not be a trial. Defendants may also settle with the prosecutor before the grand jury meets.
If there is a trial the defendant may choose to settle with prosecutors, or the trial may go all the way to the end with a conviction, an acquittal, or a mistrial. If you are convicted, there may be the possibility of appealing the ruling to a higher court and having the verdict altered or overturned entirely. A good defense lawyer will be able to help you through every step.
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