- The right to plead not guilty
- The right to a jury trial
- The right to confront and cross examine all witnesses against you in your case
- The right against self-incrimination
- The right to indictment by the Grand Jury (the Grand Jury determines whether enough evidence exists to charge a suspect with a criminal offense)
The Judge will review your rights to determine if you have a clear understanding of the rights you are waiving and the ramifications of waiving your rights when you enter a guilty plea. In making this determination, the Judge will ask if anyone has threatened or forced you to plead guilty, he will notify you that the case in certain instances can never be expunged from your record, that the charge can be used against you in the future to enhance or make greater the punishment you receive in future cases. If the Judge determines that you are pleading guilty of your own choosing, he will find that the plea is being given freely and voluntarily and with the full knowledge of its ramifications, and it's only after this review that your Guilty Plea will be accepted by the Court.
Caveat: This Blog is for information purposes only. Please contact an Attorney for information regarding your particular situation.
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