Our Texas Code of Criminal Procedure lays out the various rights of the accused in Texas:
Art. 1.05. RIGHTS OF ACCUSED. In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall have a speedy public trial by an impartial jury. He shall have the right to demand the nature and cause of the accusation against him, and to have a copy thereof. He shall not be compelled to give evidence against himself. He shall have the right of being heard by himself, or counsel, or both; shall be confronted with the witnesses against him, and shall have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor. No person shall be held to answer for a felony unless on indictment of a grand jury.
Acts 1965, 59th Leg., vol. 2, p. 317, ch. 722.
The Rights of the Accused in L
1. You have the right to a Speedy, Public Trial;
2. You the right to have an impartial jury hear your trio;
3. You have the right to know what you have been charged with (you have a right to the document that charges you with a crime as well);
4. You have the right to remain silent;
5. You have right to demand that the witnesses that have accused you of a crime come to court and state the evidence against you before the jury;
6. You have a right to be formally charged by a grand jury if you are charged with a felony offense.
These 6 rights are the basic rights of the accused criminals in Texas and across the United States. Your criminal defense attorney is intimately familiar with these rights, how to protect them, and how to protect you.
Closely related to these rights, are the famous miranda warnings that so many people know about.