Right to counsel means a defendant has a right to have the assistance of counsel (i.e., lawyers), and if the defendant cannot afford a lawyer, requires that the government appoint one or pay the defendant's legal expenses.


Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), is a landmark case in United States Supreme Court history. In it, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that states are required under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to provide an attorney to defendants in criminal cases .... so legal counsel must be provided for an indigent defendant in all cases.


On the other hand, defense counsel does have a general duty to investigate a defendant's background, and limiting investigation and presentation of mitigating  ...


FindLaw's overview of a criminal defendant's right to counsel, which is guaranteed by ... questions and evidence, and presenting any applicable legal defenses.


The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution not only guarantees criminal defendants the right to an attorney, but the right to "adequate representation." This is ...


Cases requiring appointment of counsel for indigent defendants hold that, as a ... 354 Counsel's obligation is a general one: to act within the wide range of ...


Aug 3, 2010 ... governments to provide legal counsel as a matter of right at public ..... on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, the Section of Litigation, the ...


The Wisconsin Supreme Court extended a lifeline to a defendant affected by the ... Forbush, and two important legal issues they involve: the right to counsel, and  ...


Hypothetically, persons can hire a lawyer to represent ... The closest, and the one that may ultimately lead ... defendants their legal rights, ask whether they are.