What are my constitutional rights?

All persons accused of any crime or traffic offense that might result in a jail sentence have the following rights:

  1. To have a lawyer present with you at all hearings;
  2. To have a lawyer appointed at public expense if you cannot afford to hire one to represent you.
  3. To a public and speedy trial;
  4. To cross-examine any witness who testifies against you;
  5. To call witnesses to testify on your behalf, and have the Court compel their attendance;
  6. To testify or not testify yourself; if you choose not to, no one can make you testify;
  7. To appeal to Superior Court if you are convicted after a not guilty plea.

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1. What should I wear and how should I act in court?
2. What is an arraignment?
3. What are my constitutional rights?
4. My car was impounded when I was arrested for a DUI - where is it?
5. Should I talk to a lawyer before entering a plea?
6. What if I am financially unable to hire a lawyer? How do I qualify for a public defender?
7. If I plead guilty what will happen?
8. What happens if I plead not guilty?
9. What happens if I am sentenced to jail?
10. What alternatives are there for serving a jail sentence?
11. What must I do if I can't pay my entire fine at sentencing?
12. What is the process for sealing records and vacating convictions?
13. I missed court and have a bench warrant. How do I quash the bench warrant?