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 Penalty 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