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Why criminal charges do not lead to an automatic conviction

When you have been caught and charged with committing an illegal activity, you may believe your future has been ruined. Although any negative interaction with law enforcement or the judicial system may present difficulties for you later in life, it is not the same as having to face the consequences of an actual criminal conviction. You still have the right to a trial and for a judge or jury (depending on the crime) to find you guilty before receiving any punishment. The right to this process and the possibility of not being convicted is due to the principle of presumption of innocence.

What is the Confrontation Clause?

A significant part of a trial is the testimony of witnesses who saw you commit the criminal activity of which you are accused, or who have other relevant information. Witnesses may be beneficial when they are there to help your cause but can be harmful when they are there on the behalf of the prosecution. For this reason, the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution includes a provision called the Confrontation Clause that states you have the right to confront face-to-face the witnesses testifying against you.