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Rights of the Accused – Due Process

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Rights of the Accused – Due Process

Anyone accused of or charged with a crime is innocent from the Court’s perspective. The legal rights of the accused must be protected according to law. This protection of the accused is referred to as Due Process which ensures the laws are applied fairly to the accused through the conclusion of the case. The Defendant must have the opportunity to be heard before actions are taken to deprive them of their life, liberty or property.

To protect the accused and ensure Due Process, it is in the Defendant’s best interest to get an experienced attorney involved as early as possible. Getting an experienced attorney involved early will allow them to gather information from police and witnesses and to find out what evidence is being pursued by the prosecution. In many cases, an attorney will be able to work out a favorable arrangement for the Defendant without going to trial. In the alternative, an attorney will use the evidence and information gathered to build a strong defense to fight the charges head on and to possibly get some or all of the charges dropped which is key to the success of the accused.

If you or someone you know has already been charged or may be charged with a crime, contact John A. Gummo today at 570-320-2880 for a free consultation and to discuss your legal rights and options.