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- Remain silent so as not to incriminate yourself. That means you do not have to answer law enforcement’s questions just because they tell you that you do. As soon as you ask for an attorney, they must stop interrogating you and permit you to contact a lawyer.
- Know and hear from your accusers. Your accusers must appear in court to testify against you. You have a right to know who is accusing you of the crime for which you have been charged and to ask your own questions.
- Be presumed innocent until proven guilty. The prosecution must be able to prove the charges against you. You do not have to prove your innocence. In fact, you can choose to defend yourself against the charges or you can argue that the state has not proved its case against you.
It is critical to understand that just because you have been charged with a crime, does not mean you have been convicted of a crime. There is a huge difference. In the eyes of the law, you are to be treated as though you are innocent of the charges until the state proves you guilty. An experienced attorney can help you protect your rights and represent you in court to ensure the state meets their burden of proof, and to defend you, if necessary.
Also, though you may be accused of one particular crime, a competent, knowledgable attorney may be able to persuade the state to reduce the charges against you, so that you will only be convicted of a lesser crime.
A criminal conviction can lead to very serious consequences, from jail to prison time, to hefty fines, to loss of your rights, such as your right to own a gun, to drive, or to vote.
Whether you choose The Sackman Trial Group or another criminal defense firm to represent you against criminal charges, please heed this advice: Do not attempt to represent yourself–there is too much at stake!
The Sackman Trial Group represents clients in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Marion and Alachua counties in criminal matters including:
- Drug cases
- Domestic violence
- Assault and battery
- Traffic offenses
- And more.
If you need an attorney who will fight for your rights aggressively, call or e-mail The Sackman Trial Group today. We are standing by to help.