What Are My Rights?

At the Law Office of Gilbert B. Vega, we help individuals who have been charged with crimes in or around the Sacramento County area of Northern California. Do not let your rights be jeopardized. Contact us online or call 916-426-2304 to work with an experienced and effective attorney.

What Are My Rights?

You have a right to remain silent. This is perhaps one of your most important rights. All too often, defendants convict themselves by giving statements about the incident that come back to haunt them. It's usually best, especially if you are charged with a serious offense, to exercise this right, and not give any statements related to the alleged criminal incident.

  • You have a right to have an attorney present during questioning.
  • You have a right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
  • You have a right to a speedy trial.
  • You have a right to a jury trial (where 12 people selected from the community decide your case) verses a bench trial (where the judge decides your case).
    • As a general rule, if your case turns on a legal issue, it is generally better to have a bench trial (the judge will know the law, where a jury usually will not). In other cases, especially where the possible penalties are quite severe, it may be best to have a jury trial, where the state has to convince 12 people of your guilt, and not just one person, a judge, at a bench trial. Each case is unique in itself, and your attorney can best advise you as to whether or not you should exercise your right to a trial by jury.
  • You have a right to the attorney of your choice.
    • To properly protect your rights (including those indicated above), it is important that you make a wise choice in selecting an attorney. If you make a choice, and later feel you've selected an attorney who (in your opinion) is not properly representing you or your best interests, remember you can always change attorneys — because you have the absolute right to the attorney of your choice.