Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights

Accused of a Crime? 2nd Amendment Rights Violated?

Those accused of crimes have a number of rights guaranteed by the US Constitution. Knowing your rights can help you avoid serious, life-changing penalties and additional criminal charges. Some of these guaranteed rights that are especially beneficial for those accused of a criminal offense include:

  1. The right to remain silent in order to avoid self-incrimination.
  2. The right to reasonable bail.
  3. The right to a fair and public trial.
  4. The right to be informed of the charges against you.
  5. The right to be confronted with the witnesses against you.
  6. The right to gather witnesses of your own.
  7. The right to be represented by an attorney; and
  8. The right to competent legal representation.

A criminal defendant is also presumed innocent until proven guilty. This means the prosecutor has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the criminal act or acts in question. This also means a defendant does not have to do or say anything to prove that he or she is innocent.

It is important to know that if you want the best outcome for your case, you should assert your right to be represented by an attorney. A lawyer's job is to protect your rights. Even if you are accused of a misdemeanor, you need a lawyer. Misdemeanor crimes can land you in jail for up to one year and even Class C misdemeanors can carry severe penalties such as driver's license suspensions and heavy future consequences for your record

The District Attorney, County Attorney or City Attorney cannot give you any legal advice. The judge will insist that you know the law yourself or get a lawyer. You should get a lawyer. A lawyer will also be able to explain and walk you though many of the Court procedures such as arraignment, plea bargaining, and appeals, and will be able to advise you on what is a fair deal in your case.

If you do not have a lawyer, the judge will give you enough time to hire a lawyer or your choice. If you cannot afford a lawyer, the judge must appoint a lawyer for you.

Better Call Tray First!

Our superior legal team is thoroughly familiar with your rights under the law and as a former federal and state prosecutor, Tray Payne knows how to challenge any criminal charge that is brought against you. Don't risk going to trial without the full protection of your rights. If you are charged with a crime, if your 2nd amendment rights have been violated, you should contact Tray Payne with Payne & Truitt as soon as possible.