Thursday, November 3, 2011

Minnesota Criminal Defense - Top 10 Constitutional Rights

With all apologies to David Letterman... these are (IMHO) the 10 Most Important Constitutional Rights you and I have.  If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, it is imperative that you understand that you have rights. The paramount one being the right to retain a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney. The accused is guaranteed the right to legal representation, whether the attorney is appointed for him or he hires a private attorney.

10.    Right to an attorney;
  9.    Right to effective assistance of counsel;
  8.    Right to cross examine and confront witnesses;
  7.    Right to testify on one's own behalf;
  6.    Right to remain silent;
  5.    Right to a speedy trial;
  4.    Right to use courts subpoena power to compel witnesses to testify;
  3.    Right to a jury trial (in most cases);
  2.    Right to an impartial jury; and
   1.   Right to produce evidence on your behalf.

Hmm... that seemed funnier when Letterman did it.  But seriously, these things are important.  If you find yourself charged with a crime you owe it to yourself to at least talk to an attorney about your options - and learn how a conviction could impact you both in the short- and long-term.  Court, judges, prosecutors --- this is all serious stuff.  Don't go it alone.

If you need answers to your legal dilemma, feel free to call the Rolloff Law Office at (612) 619-0262 to set up a free, no obligation consultation today. 

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