Know Your Rights

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.
If a police officer questions you, you have the right to decline to answer. If a police officer continues to question you, you should consider calling a lawyer. The attorneys a Barakat Law are here to help.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL.
The criminal justice system is complicated and your freedom may be on the line. You have the right to speak with a well-qualified lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney the courts will appoint one for you.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO A FAIR AND SPEEDY TRIAL.
You have the right to have your case heard within 180 days of your arrest (90 days for misdemeanors). You may shorten this time to 50 days, if you so choose, by making the appropriate demand. By requesting a shortened timeline, you can resolve your case quickly and efficiently rather than remaining uncertain, or in jail, for months or even years on end.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONFRONT WITNESSES.
You have the right to cross-examine, or to have your attorney cross-examine, witnesses on your behalf. You may ask questions of those testifying against you so that you are able point out any improper motive or inconsistency to their story.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO APPEAL.
Neither judges nor jury are infallible. If a mistake has been made during your trial you have the right to ask a higher court to intervene. The attorneys of Barakat Law have experience taking their cases to the appellate courts on behalf of their clients.