AN ATTORNEY WHO UNDERSTANDS
It's important that your Attorney understands that the crime with which you are charged does not define you as a person.
Anyone can be charged with a crime. It's just as simple as that and and just as scary. There is a common misconception that whenever a person has been accused of a crime, that they must have done something wrong, that they must be a bad or immoral person. However, there are some very important facts to remember:
1. Good People get charged with crimes too - It's true! Just because you are charged with a crime doesn't mean you are guilty of that or any other charge. It doesn't mean that you are an immoral person and it doesn't mean that you have to prove yourself innocent, because....
2. Everyone starts with a Presumption of Innocence - Until you are Convicted of any criminal charge, you are assumed to be Innocent. This means that regardless of the charge that you are facing, you still have your rights and it is up to you to exercise them.
From the moment you are charged with a crime, you have the right to
- Remain Silent
- An Attorney
- Due Process
- A speedy trial
- Know what you are being charged with
- Be Free of Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
PROBATION AND PAROLE
If you are on Probation or Parole from a prior conviction, it is even more vital to be aware of your rights, as some of these may no longer apply to you. Your Parole or Probation may include search or registration terms, which affect your constitutional rights. Even worse, the filing of a new charge may result in a violation of your Probation or Parole.