In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
What Does the Sixth Amendment Mean?
- The right to a public trial without unnecessary delay (a fast and speedy trial)
- The right to a lawyer
- The right to an impartial jury,
- The right to face your accusers
- An understanding of the nature of the charges and evidence against you
This right is considered one of the most important in the Constitution. Without it, criminal defendants could be held indefinitely under a cloud of unproven criminal accusations.