As stated in the familiar Miranda warning, those involved in the criminal process have a right to an attorney, also referred to as the right to legal counsel. This right is afforded to people being interrogated, accused, prosecuted, and convicted of crimes. However, the actions and protections associated with the right vary according to the stage of the criminal process, the punishment associated with the crime, and characteristics unique to the person such as mental capacity and financial situation.

The right to legal counsel is a constitutionally guaranteed federal right. A ...

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