Thanksgiving is a time to remember all we've been blessed with. Usually on Fridays, we do our Simplified Law blog. But, this week we're going to define another term we need to remember as criminal defense lawyers in Denver, Adams, and Jefferson County.
1.The act of rendering thanks or expressing gratitude for favors or mercies. Rendering thanks for good received. (Source)
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Thanksgiving for the Good in the Criminal Justice System
As criminal defense attorneys, we are faced daily with the injustice of the criminal justice system in Arapahoe, El Paso, and Douglas county courts. Good people are falsely accused, overcharged, treated like criminals before trial, and unjustly sentenced. We tend to lose sight of the good in the system. So, today, we want to focus on the good aspects we often take for granted.
The Right to Remain Silent
Our Miranda Rights are an important part of the United States Criminal Justice system procedures. Put simply, this right allows you to remain silent if you have been accused of or charged with a crime. By not saying anything, you are not incriminating yourself. And, your silence cannot be used against you in court. This is a right which is unique and important in the court of law.
The Right to an Attorney
Also included in the U.S. Constitution's 6th Amendment is the right to an attorney. You don't have to be alone in the criminal justice system. You don't have to face this new world alone. You have the right, according to law, to an attorney to be present at all times. You don't have to speak for yourself. You can have a lawyer be your advocate and fight to protect your future.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
Another aspect of the criminal justice system which is often taken for granted is the idea that a person is “innocent until proven guilty.” Not all countries operate under this belief. The District Attorney has the burden of proof in criminal cases. They must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime was committed. You don't have to prove your innocence.
Right to a Jury Trial
The right to be tried by a jury of your peers should not be overlooked or taken for granted. This aspect of the court system is often crucial in receiving fair treatment. DAs and judges often become jaded and caught up in the bureaucracy of the system. A jury of your peers will be able to look objectively at your case and determine justice.It is important to have an advocate fighting on your behalf in the courtroom.
Why You Need a Lawyer if You're Facing Charges
If you are facing criminal charges, don't hesitate to contact an aggressive criminal defense attorney to be your advocate in the courtroom. While there are good aspects to the United States criminal justice system, it is important to have an advocate who can fight on your behalf and remind the judge, jury, and DA of your rights. We will fight to protect your future, and get you the best possible outcome in your case.
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