Rights and Protections of Defendants
When you are facing charges, you need a skilled Illinois criminal defense attorney.
Anyone accused of a crime has certain constitutional rights and protections under the law. These rights are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and 14th Amendment. They are meant to protect anyone who is accused of committing a crime, whether they are guilty or not. The government is not allowed to violate these rights under any circumstance.
If you've been accused of a crime, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure you get the best possible outcome. The criminal defense attorneys of Donahue, Sowa & Magana have the skill and experience you need when you're facing criminal charges to ensure that your rights are protected. Call us today at 630-762-1780 or send us an e-mail.
The rights of every citizen
Although all of your protections are laid out in the Constitution, many of these rights have been interpreted by various courts in different ways. These include:
- Due process
- Equal protection under the law
- Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure
- Legal counsel
- A speedy trial
- An impartial jury
- Confronting witnesses
- Callling witnesses
- Freedom from cruel and unusual punishment
- Prohibition against ex post facto laws
- Freedom from excessive fines or bail
- Clear notice of criminal charges
- A grand jury in federal felony cases
- Freedom from self-incrimination
- Freedom from double jeopardy
To fully understand and exercise your rights, you need to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. It's important that you begin preparation for your case as soon as possible.