Advice of Rights
Crimes & Contempt
- You have the right to remain silent about the facts and circumstances of your case. Anything you say can be used against you.
- You have the right to the assistance of an attorney at all stages of the proceedings including deciding how to plead to the charge(s).
- You have the right to a court-appointed attorney if you are indigent and cannot afford to hire an attorney without substantial hardship to you or your family.
- You have the right to a speedy and public trial by a jury of six citizens from the community who would decide whether or not you are guilty. (There is no jury for probation and contempt proceedings.)
- You have the right to confront and to question under oath (cross-examine) each and every witness called against you.
- You have the right to compel witnesses to come to court by subpoenas issued by the court clerk or by your attorney.
- You have the right to review and to obtain copies of the records written in your case.
- You have the right to appeal if you are found guilty and to have a new trial in Court of Appeals. (Only limited appeal is available for contempt, probation proceedings, and a plea of guilty.)
- You are cautioned that if you are not a citizen, a conviction of a crime may result in deportation or exclusion from admission to the United States or denial of naturalization.
|Maximum Penalties||Jail and / or Fine|
|Class A Misdemeanor||One year and / or $6,250|
|Class B Misdemeanor||Six months and / or $2,500|
|Class C Misdemeanor||30 days and / or $1,250|
|Contempt||Six months and / or $500|