What are my rights?

Everyone charged with a crime has certain legal rights.

  • You have the right to remain silent when questioned.
  • You do not have to say anything about the facts of your case. If you do, your statements can be used against you in a court of law including during your trial.
  • You have the right to the presence of an attorney during any questioning.
  • If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Practically speaking, the appointment of lawyer for a defendant who cannot afford an attorney usually does not occur until the first court appearance.
  • You have the right to be considered for bail except in exceptional cases.