Assistance of counsel

Definition
: the help of a lawyer which a defendant in a criminal prosecution is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
see also ineffective assistance of counsel Powell v. Alabama in the Important Cases section
The Supreme Court held in Powell v. Alabama that the Sixth Amendment requires the state to provide a lawyer to a defendant too poor to hire one.



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