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San Jose criminal defense attorneyWhen you are accused of a crime, it can feel like you have no control over your situation. The criminal process can be confusing, and it can sometimes feel like a waiting game when you are in the middle of the criminal justice system process. Though you do have limited control over your situation when you are accused of a crime, there are certain rights that you do have. The United States Constitution guarantees specific rights to each and every U.S. citizen if they are ever accused of a crime. These rights were granted to citizens to ensure that each person has the same chance to a fair trial.

Right to Be Presumed Innocent

When you are accused of a crime, you are presumed to be innocent. In California, the burden is on the state to prove that you are guilty of the crime you are being accused of. This is where the widely-known phrase “innocent until proven guilty” comes from. Going along with your right to presumed innocence, you must also be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, which was put into place to try to prevent people from being incriminated on scant evidence.

Right to Remain Silent

As many people know from popular television shows like “Cops,” the right to remain silent is one of the first rights you are informed of when you are arrested or before you are interrogated by police. Thanks to the Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona, all citizens have the right against self-incrimination. This right means that you do not have to answer any questions or make any statements to police and that a jury cannot use your silence to infer guilt.

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San Jose criminal defense attorneyIt is normal to feel a little bit nervous before your appearance in court because of criminal charges. It is important to properly prepare yourself for trial because judges will not take kindly to a defendant who is not acting properly or who comes unprepared. Preparing for a criminal trial is not difficult, but it does require some prior planning. Here are a few ways you can get ready for your criminal trial:

1. Prepare Your Evidence

One of the most crucial pieces of your defense is the evidence that you bring to the trial that supports your claim of innocence. Evidence can be in two forms: witness testimony and exhibits. Witnesses can be people who keep records relevant to the case, experts who are qualified to give an opinion about a certain part of the case or any other person who has relevant information about the case. Exhibits are items that support your side of the case. These things can include documents or other objects used to prove your point or disprove the other side’s point, records or photographs. Your attorney will be able to help you prepare the evidence. 

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San Jose criminal defense attorneys, California criminal charges, criminal defenses,  mitigating circumstance, insanity defenseFacing any type of criminal charges in California is a serious matter. In addition to potential court costs, fines, and the prospect of a criminal record that follows you for the rest of your life, you could also be subject to a mandatory minimum jail sentence. In these situations, you need an experienced San Jose criminal defense attorney to begin working immediately on your case.

Even in situations where there is overwhelming evidence against you, we may be able to show you were not responsible for your actions, thereby avoiding many of the harsher penalties associated with a conviction.

Building a Strong Defense Against Criminal Charges

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