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What Due Process Rights Does A Person Have To A Fair Trial?

As enumerated in the Sixth Amendment, a defendant has a right to a speedy and public trial. The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment requires that certain processes are "due" to the defendant. The Supreme Court of Texas in Massey v. Texas, held that the "requirement of the Fourteenth Amendment is for a fair trial."

This does not mean, however, that a defendant has a constitutional right to a perfect trial. Instead, the Fourteenth Amendment only requires a fair trial. Thus, when a reviewing court reviews any errors that occured during the trial, it will concern itself with whether the errors caused the defendant to not have a fair and impartial trial. Both the Texas Constitution and the Code of Criminal Procedure mandate that a defendant has the right to an impartial jury.

If you have been charged with a crime, one of the most important decisions you will make is the attorney that you hire. Your attorney must be dedicated to protecting your rights, including the right to a fair trial. If you have been charged with an internet crime or theft crime, contact a Plano criminal defense lawyer today.