Colorado State University


We cannot respond to requests for legal assistance made by e-mail or by the web form on our contact page. If you, as a CSU student, are in need of legal information or assistance, please bring your student ID to Room 284 of the Lory Student Center to make an appointment.

Defendant's Rights

As a defendant in a criminal case, you have the following rights:

  • To remain silent.
  • Not to incriminate yourself.
  • To have a speedy trial.
  • To have the prosecutor prove every element of the charge against you beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • To cross-examine witnesses who testify against you.
  • To call and compel the attendance of witnesses on your own behalf.
  • To testify on your own behalf.
  • To appeal to a higher court if you are convicted.
  • To be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.