What are my rights if I was convicted of a crime without having my rights read or even offered a public defender?

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What are my rights if I was convicted of a crime without having my rights read or even offered a public defender?

The judge and deputies were bias and knew my wife by her first name the charge was domestic violence and I was the one attacked. What steps should I take to get this off of my record?

Asked on October 20, 2013 under Criminal Law, Mississippi

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You will have to appeal the conviction.  The police do not need to read you your rights unless they intend on questioning you.  You may not have qualified for a public defender because you were not indigent.  Visit a legal aid center in your area to find out if you qualify for assistance with your appeal.


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