6th Amendment, law homework help

T he Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the assistance of counsel for the accused in criminal prosecutions. Every accused has the right to be represented by an attorney in a criminal trial and if he or she cannot afford an attorney, the government will appoint an attorney at no cost to the defendant.

The attorney’s duties are to

  • Advise the defendant of his rights and explain the criminal process
  • Ensure the court proceedings follow the law and that the defendant’s constitutional rights are protected
  • Negotiate for plea bargaining when appropriate
  • Zealously r epresent the defendant at trial

The duties of the private defense attorney and/or the appointed public defender attorney are equal.

Write a four to five page paper to the topic:

  • Compare and contrast the legal representation by a private defense attorney versus a public defender?
  • Does money buy a better defense?

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