right to counsel
- 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
- In the trial, he invoked his right to counsel as he couldn't afford a lawyer.
- The defendant, being underage, had her right to counsel exercised by the court.
- Even for state offenses, the right to counsel ensures fair trial.