When you are charged with a crime, your constitutional rights matter more than ever. Having a Sugar Land criminal defense attorney on your side to protect those rights can make a substantial impact on the outcome of your charges.
Just because you’ve been charged with a crime doesn’t mean that you no longer have or gave up your constitutional rights. If there’s ever been a time where you needed someone to help protect your rights, that time is now. A skilled Sugar Land criminal defense lawyer can help protect many of your constitutional rights when you’ve been charged with a crime.
Your Right to Remain Silent
One of the most significant ways a Sugar Land criminal defense attorney protects your constitutional rights is by protecting your right to remain silent. Many alleged perpetrators aren’t aware of their right to remain silent or the full extent of it. Not understanding this right can get them into more trouble. When arrested and charged with a crime, you don’t have to say anything. In fact, it’s in your best interest not to say anything at all. Be polite and courteous but request your attorney be present with you.
Law enforcement officers and investigators frequently take advantage of the right to remain silent. Whatever you say to them can be used against you. Even if you want to defend your innocence to them, save what you have to say for your attorney, and they can tell you what to do next. If they don’t inform you of this right, it’s possible that your attorney could request that the court refuse any evidence they obtain in this manner.
Your Right to Unreasonable Search and Seizure
In order to search you, your car, or your home, the police must have a warrant or a reasonable suspicion. Without this, they are violating one of your constitutional rights. If they conduct a search without either, whatever they find will likely be inadmissible in court. They won’t be able to use it to substantiate their case against you. Your knowledgeable Sugar Land criminal defense lawyer can determine if they violated any of your constitutional rights when obtaining evidence.
Your Procedural Rights
If you’ve been charged with a crime, your most crucial procedural right is your constitutional right to trial by jury. This right puts citizens in your community (the jurors) between you and the government. You won’t face any penalties unless the district attorney convinces the jurors beyond a reasonable doubt of your guilt.
Also included in the right to trial is the right to have the assistance of a Sugar Land criminal defense attorney at your trial and your right to have them cross-examine anyone that testifies against you. Another example of a procedural right is the right against double jeopardy, which means that the prosecution can only try the case against you once. If your trial doesn’t lead to a conviction, you can never be charged or tried for the same offense again.
Are You Facing Criminal Charges? Let a Knowledgeable Sugar Land Criminal Defense Lawyer Protect Your Rights Today
At the law office of Jaime Jordan, PLLC, we are well-versed in the constitutional rights of our clients. We go to great lengths to protect them and to ensure you receive the best possible outcome in your case. Learn more about our criminal defense services by scheduling your legal consultation today. Call (832) 463-4933 or contact us online.