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assistance of counsel

as·sis·tance of counsel
  1. :  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

Additional Notes on assistance of counsel

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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