During Thanksgiving season, everyone focuses on being thankful for the blessing in their lives. And, while it can be difficult, I think it's important to be thankful for the good aspects of our criminal justice system in Denver, Arapahoe, and Jefferson County. As criminal defense attorneys, we see the bad and the ugly parts of the court system every day. But, this week – we want to focus on the good.
The Right to Remain Silent in Denver
The United States Criminal Justice System has many flaws. But, one aspect which is unique is the right to remain silent, guaranteed by our Constitutions and Miranda Rights. If you have been accused of or charged with a crime, you have the right to remain silent about the subject. Your silence can't be held against you in a court of law.
The Right to Hire and Attorney
Also included in the 6th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a person's right to retain an attorney for representation if they have been accused of or charged with a crime. Going through the criminal justice system can be difficult. It is helpful to have the guidance and advice of an experienced, professional lawyer who will help you make the decision which will protect your future.[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”90%”]An experienced lawyer will guide you expertly through your criminal case.[/pullquote]
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
While the assumption that a person is innocent until proven guilty is tested each and every day, this right is a fundamental part of our criminal justice system in Adams, El Paso, and Douglas County. The law states that a person who has been accused of a crime (such as Sexual Assault, Unlawful Sexual Contact, or Sexual Exploitation of a Child) is innocent until the District Attorney proves they are guilty. This means the burden of proof lies with the District Attorney. Put simply, it means that the defendant in a criminal case has no duty or obligation to prove their innocence. Instead, the DA must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime was committed by the defendant.
Right to a Jury Trial
While not every case has the right to a jury trial (juvenile cases are rarely tried by jury), this right is important to the United States Criminal Justice System. Many countries don't allow a person to be judged by a jury of their peers. Instead, one person decides their fate. Because the vote must be unanimous in a criminal jury trial, the defendant has a more likely chance. You don't have to prove your innocence – the government has the burden of evidence.
Why You Need a Lawyer if You've been Charged with a Sex Offense
If you've been charged with a sex offense such as Sexual Assault on a Child, Indecent Exposure, or Internet Luring of a Child, don't hesitate to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer to be your advocate in the courtroom. While our criminal justice system is the best in the world, it does have its flaws. People who are charged with sex crimes have a much more difficult time defending themselves. This is why it is wise to work with a Sexual Assault lawyer who has a thorough understanding of the system and how to get you the best possible outcome in your criminal case. This Thanksgiving, let's be thankful for the good in our criminal justice system.Request a Free Consultation