The Right to Counsel

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides defendants with the constitutional right to be represented by a lawyer during a criminal trial. If a defendant is unable to afford to hire a criminal defense lawyer, in almost all cases, the government will appoint an attorney to represent the defendant at no cost.

If you have been arrested or are facing criminal charges, you can exercise your constitutional rights. Simply fill out the free online evaluation form on this page or call 877-445-1059 today to connect with a criminal defense attorney in your area.

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Criminal defendants also have the constitutional right to have a defense lawyer present during most other criminal proceedings, from the arrest through the first appeal after a criminal conviction.

The Role of a Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal defense lawyers play an integral role in most criminal cases. Depending on the charges the defendant faces, the duties of a lawyer may vary from case to case; however, criminal defense attorneys generally have the responsibility to:

  • Advise defendants of their criminal defense rights
  • Explain what to expect during each phase of the criminal proceedings
  • Protect the defendant’s constitutional rights
  • Attempt to negotiate a plea bargain on the defendant’s behalf
  • Investigate facts and evidence
  • Cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses at trial
  • Object to improper evidence and questions at trial
  • Present a legal defense for the defendant throughout the criminal proceedings

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Find a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested, are facing a trial or have been convicted of criminal charges, get advice from a local criminal defense lawyer. Learn about the criminal process, present your legal defense and protect your constitutional rights with the help of an attorney.

Contact a local lawyer today by filling out our free case evaluationform or calling 877-445-1059 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

The above summary of the right to counsel is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. For the latest information on these laws, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.