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Right to Appointed Counsel

Right to Appointed Counsel

Go further in your studies of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel with this overview of when the right entitles a criminal defendant to have defense counsel appointed for him at the government's expense.


In a previous clip, we discussed the Sixth Amendment right to counsel as it relates to police investigations. As you might suspect, the Sixth Amendment right to counsel also applies in other stages of the criminal justice process.

To reiterate, the Sixth Amendment provides that “[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right… [among other things] to have the [a]ssistance of [c]ounsel for his [defense].” Quite obviously, this guarantees a criminal defendant the right to be...

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