Your rights under the Sixth Amendment

If you have been arrested for allegedly committing a crime, you have good reason to be worried about your future. But one thing that can help allay your fears is having an understanding of your rights as they are allotted to you by the U.S. Constitution.


And if your case should end up in court, you have a number of important guarantees under the Constitution’s Sixth Amendment, which include the following:

  • Typically, a right to a jury trial.
  • The right to put the onus on the prosecution to prove its case against you beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • The opportunity to summon witnesses.
  • The right to compel the court to subpoena witnesses to appear at your trial.
  • The chance to hear, see and address witnesses who are testifying against you.
  • The option to take the stand to testify on your own behalf or to decline to testify if you so desire.

You are also ensured of the right to have legal representation, not only at your trial but during all of your encounters with law enforcement officials. This includes when the authorities question you or attempt to get you to confess to your alleged transgression.

The rights bestowed upon all citizens must be respected and adhered to by all courts and legal agencies. But it requires knowledge and experience to take full advantage of those rights. If you have been charged with a crime, a California criminal defense attorney can act as your legal representative who will work to try and make sure your rights are upheld and that you receive fair treatment from the legal system.


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