Our Overriding Concern

At Hirschhorn & Bieber, P.A., our overriding concern is to see to it that our clients receive the best possible legal representation and the full benefits of our legal system.

We believe in the fundamental principles of the U.S. criminal justice system: The presumption that the accused is innocent, and the burden is on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

One who is accused has other important rights as well:

  1. The right to be represented by an attorney: The Sixth Amendment provides that in all criminal prosecutions, the accused has the right to the assistance of an attorney.
  2. The right to remain silent: Under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, one who is accused cannot "be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself." In other words, the accused cannot be required to speak. If the accused chooses to remain silent, the prosecutor cannot call the accused as a witness, nor can a judge compel the accused to testify at his or her own trial.
  3. The right to a public trial: The Sixth Amendment guarantees public trials in criminal cases. This is an important right because the presence in courtrooms of the accused’s family and friends, ordinary citizens, and the print media can help ensure that the Courts adheres to the rules associated with criminal trials.
  4. The right to a jury trial: The Sixth Amendment gives the accused the right to be tried by a jury of his or her peers, randomly drawn from the community.
  5. The right to confront witnesses: Under the "confrontation clause" of the Sixth Amendment, the accused has the right to confront the witnesses against him or her. This gives the accused the right to cross-examine witnesses, subjecting them to questioning by defense counsel.