- Everyone has the right to an attorney before any interrogation or at any court hearing in which a judge could impose incarceration. Don’t march into trial in federal court without an attorney unless you are going to represent yourself, which is never advisable. You do not, however, have the right to any attorney of your choosing. Your financial situation may dictate who you choose for representation; then that attorney needs to be available and be willing to take on your case. If you cannot afford an attorney, you have the right to have one appointed for you.
- You have the right to decide whether you are going to plead “guilty” or “not guilty.” Pleading guilty to a federal charge may reduce the severity of the sentence against you. Pleading not guilty forces the government to prove its case against you—you may be found not guilty, or you may be found guilty and, if so, will probably be subject to harsher penalties.
- If you choose to take your case to trial, you have the right to decide whether you want to testify or not.
- If convicted, you have the right to appeal your case.
Carefully consider the advice and recommendations of your attorney. Ask questions. Weigh the responses. Make sure you are satisfied that you fully appreciate your situation. Wise, informed decisions can help you reach your goal of achieving the best outcome for your case.
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