right to counsel
noun assistance of counsel, guaranty to be represented, right of representation, right to consult an attorney, right to legal assistance, Sixth Amendment

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


right to counsel
The right of criminal defendants to have a lawyer appointed by the court to represent them if the defendants cannot afford to hire one. The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees this right to those charged with federal crimes; the U.S. Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainright extended this right to those charged with state offenses. The right to counsel applies only where the defendant faces the possibility of imprisonment, and only at trial and through the first appeal, if the defendant is convicted. Juveniles are also entitled to counsel.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


right to counsel
n. The right of a criminal defendant to be represented by a court-appointed attorney if the defendant cannot afford to hire one. This is a constitutional right guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


right to counsel
The legal responsibility for the government to provide every defendant in a criminal action with legal representation that also must be deemed effective.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


right to counsel
The legal responsibility for the government to provide every defendant in a criminal action with legal representation that also must be deemed effective.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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