You’ve watched enough crime and detective shows on Netflix to recognize the phrase “right to counsel”, but it might not hold any meaning until you find yourself being charged for a crime. If you are a criminal defendant in the United States of America, the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution grant you the right to counsel. What does this mean, and how can you utilize your full constitutional rights?
Defining the Right to Counsel
Every defendant has the constitutional right to be represented by an attorney during trial. If you can’t afford your own attorney, the government will appoint an attorney to you. This is known as your right to counsel. In other words, you can’t be denied legal representation simply because you can’t afford an attorney’s fee. Read More