Right To Counsel: The Sixth Amendment Of The United States Constitution

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Right to Counsel Elsie M Farias CJA 364/ Criminal Procedure March 27, 2013 Professor Horwath Right to Counsel The Sixth Amendment of the United States constitution grants the right of a person accused of a crime the right to counsel to aid and represent themselves. This is known as the Right to Counsel. The Right to Counsel is founded on the Right to a fair trial. If a defendant is unable to retain their own counsel, they have the right to request one to be appointed to them. The defendant also has the right to not retain or request a lawyer and this turns their representation to Pro Sea which basically means one waives all their rights. The Right to Counsel is very vital to every accused because it enables the creation and presentation…show more content…
As mentioned earlier, the Right of Self-Representation is this right to represent oneself as Pro Sea. Presently, courts at all levels of the Criminal Justice system require that the defendant be aware and understand the disadvantages of representing one’s self as most people not practicing law, will not be aware of certain defenses that can facilitate their case. A person going Pro Sea will have to sign a waiver or…show more content…
An example is when the Miranda Doctrine is not observed upon arresting, the right of self-incrimination may be invoked so as for the evidences against the defense be inadmissible. In order for the Miranda Doctrine to be validly executed, such must be stated in the presence of the counsel for the defense. Such doctrine may be waived, but must be made with utmost knowledge of its consequences (Israel et al, 1993). Although both Fifth and Sixth Amendments embody significant rights for the citizens, it still has differences, one of which is that pertaining to the inquiries pertaining to the case is not allowed in the Fifth Amendment. The Sixth amendment protects the accused upon the case against him. The Right to Counsel is given to everyone and this constitutional mandate adheres to the constitution. An accused may choose his own if his means permit him to do so. If not, however, and it is upon the court to appoint who shall represent him, the accused has no say of who will be appointed for him since what is contemplated by law is the essence of a competent lawyer’s presence. The right of self-representation may, of course, be opted upon refusal to receive the services of the one appointed by the court, but it shall still be in conformity with the set guidelines for the same right (Tomkovicz,

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