Right to Present Evidence

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO PRESENT EVIDENCE IN YOUR FAVOR AND TO COMPEL WITNESSES TO APPEAR ON YOUR BEHALF.  If you are charged with a crime, you don’t HAVE to offer evidence or to prove anything, and a jury will be told that several times during the trial.  However, sometimes there is good evidence that shows you are innocent, or that refutes the evidence that the State has presented against you.  In that case, you will want to makes sure the Judge or the jury hears the whole story, and you can use the power of the Court to make sure that people give you documents, or come to court and testify in your behalf.  It’s important that you tell your lawyer if any of this evidence exists so that they can get it and present it in your defense.