Court Appointed Lawyers

Gideon, my friend, you are a mere totem

Last year this great country celebrated the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, a Supreme Court case that held that our fine constitution guarantees a right to court appointed counsel if the defendant is deemed to be indigent. Gideon is one of those classic touchstone Supreme Court cases. Movies are made about those cases, police…

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50 Years of Gideon: Promises Unfulfilled

It took 150 years before the Supreme Court recognized that the Sixth Amendment meant what it said: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right… to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. Until 1963, most state courts in nearly all cases interpreted the right to counsel as a right to counsel…

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Scope of Entitlement for Indigent Services

Any person, including non-citizens, is entitled to representation and, if that person cannot afford an attorney, both the United States Constitution and North Carolina law guarantee that person the right to an attorney. The attorney – whether he or she is a public defender who works in the Wake County Public Defender’s Office or a…

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Right to an Attorney: Try Not to Stab Him

The Sixth Amendment guarantees an accused’s right to an attorney: 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…

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10 Reasons to Talk to a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer

There are good criminal lawyers out there, particularly in Apex, Cary, and Raleigh, North Carolina.  And there are good reasons to talk to a criminal lawyer if you think you might be the subject of a criminal investigation. 1) A criminal lawyer will advise you not to talk to police, not to talk to any…

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