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Public Defender or Hire a Defense Lawyer

If you have ever watched a television crime or court drama, you know that one of the first things police tell a person when they’re arrested or taken into custody is that they have “a right to a lawyer” and that one will be appointed if they can’t afford to hire their own. This part…

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Ever since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright in 1963, states have been required to provide attorneys to indigent defendants accused of a crime. However, more than 50 years after the ruling, budget cuts and other pressures have left the public defender system in a state of crisis, according to a…