right to counsel

Definition of "right to counsel"
  1. An entitlement of a criminal defendant to get a court-appointed lawyer if they cannot afford one, applicable to both federal and state offense cases, from trial through the initial appeal, and to juveniles also
How to use "right to counsel" in a sentence
  1. In the trial, he invoked his right to counsel as he couldn't afford a lawyer.
  2. The defendant, being underage, had her right to counsel exercised by the court.
  3. Even for state offenses, the right to counsel ensures fair trial.

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