Just because you are charged with a crime does not mean you are actually guilty of that crime. However, just because you believe or are certain that you are innocent, you still need to hire an experienced Stockton criminal defense lawyer to help prove your innocence.
Unfortunately, innocent people are arrested and convicted all the time. So, in order for you to make sure that you are not convicted of a crime you did not do, you need to have legal representation that will advocate effectively on your behalf.
Not a Good Idea to Represent Yourself In Criminal Court
The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives you the right to represent yourself. But it does not mean that you should. In order to represent yourself in a criminal proceeding, you must show that you knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily waived your right to a criminal defense attorney. You may make the request to represent yourself, but the judge is not required to grant it.
If you choose to represent yourself, the court will require a hearing in order to evaluate your competency. During the hearing, the trial judge will ask you legal questions to determine whether you are competent. In other words, the judge tests whether you are intelligently waiving your right to counsel. Even if the judge grants your request, he or she may still appoint a standby counsel to help.
You should know that if you exercise your Sixth Amendment right to self-representation, you cannot later complain that the quality of your defense denied you effective assistance of counsel.
Your 6th Amendment Right to Counsel
Just as a you have a Sixth Amendment right to self-representation, you also have the right to counsel under the same Amendment of the Constitution. Your right to a criminal defense attorney attaches when the government initiates adversarial criminal proceedings. The first of such criminal proceedings is called an arraignment.
Your right to counsel is guaranteed in both misdemeanor and felony cases. The bottom line is that it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Stockton criminal law attorney immediately, especially when you are innocent of the charges against you.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or someone that you care about has been arrested or charged with a crime that you did not commit, it is important that you immediately hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help protect your legal rights and ensure that you have the best defense possible to avoid a criminal conviction.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Central Valley criminal defense attorney Gurjit Srai, please call us at (209) 323-5558 or (559) 449-1447, or complete our online form.