"Lawyers have their duties as citizens, but they also have special duties as lawyers. Their obligations go far deeper than earning a living as specialists in the law. They have a continuing responsibility to uphold the fundamental principles of justice from which the law cannot depart."
From this page, you can access information concerning the arrest through the arraignment process, what qualifies you for an appointed attorney, frequently asked questions about appointed attorneys, and client consent forms.
Law Concerning Indigent Defense
Gideon v. Wainwright 1963
In our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him. The right of one charged with a crime to counsel may not be deemed fundamental and essential to fair trials in some countries, but it is in ours.
United States Constitution: Sixth Amendment
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial . . . and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
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