How familiar are you with the United States Constitution? Many people think that they know the rights that the Constitution guarantees them, but in reality, they’re often off-base.
Do you know what the 6th amendment does for you?
The 6th amendment isn’t as familiar to most people as the first, second, and fifth amendments. You may not learn much about it when you’re in school.
We’re here to talk about your 6th amendment rights. Keep reading to learn more.
The Right to an Impartial Jury
In a criminal court case, there must be an impartial jury present to help determine the outcome. This means that the jury needs to be comprised of people within the community (or from other areas, depending on the case) unrelated to either party or the crime.
When someone is called for jury duty, the lawyers on either side of the case may object. This could be because of personal biases related to the case, potential connections, or any other factors that look like red flags as far as impartiality goes.
This is to make sure that the trial is fair for both the defendant and the plaintiff.
The Right to Assistance of Counsel
Everyone gets a trial lawyer (even if they’re unable to pay for one). You don’t have to defend yourself in court.
This doesn’t mean that an attorney gets to sit in during the trial. They have to offer useful advice and counsel to the defendant, even if they don’t win the case.
For example, after a DWI, an Austin attorney should be able to guide their client through the entire process.
The Right to a Speedy Public Trial
People are entitled to a quick trial under the 6th amendment.
If it isn’t speedy, it’s possible that the criminal won’t receive a fair trial. They may lose witnesses, public opinion may change through misinformation, and people may forget the details of the case.
This also ensures that no one will spend too much time with people assuming that they are guilty if they aren’t. This could damage their work prospects, relationships, and life in general.
The Right to Adverse Witnesses
This might sound counterintuitive, but people on trial benefit from the right to witnesses on the other side of their case.
When a witness takes the stand, they’re under oath. This doesn’t mean that people don’t bend the truth or misremember details of the event in question. If the defendant’s lawyer can question or cross-examine the witness, they may find gaps in their story.
Protect Your 6th Amendment Rights
The 6th amendment protects defendants from unfair treatment. Everyone must get the right to a fair and speedy trial with an impartial jury. If you’re worried that your 6th amendment rights aren’t being respected, make sure to talk to an attorney.
Are you in need of a criminal or DUI attorney in Austin?
James Fletcher, attorney at law (and associates), wants to help you with your case. Contact us so we can start working together today.