Columbia College Unit 3 Right to Counsel and Criminal Justice Process Discussion

1. In 1963, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a criminal Defendant has a right to counsel in criminal prosecutions. Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963). Explain what a criminal Defendant’s “right to counsel” means. Include the rights that Defendants have at the various stages of the Criminal Justice Process. Also, detail what exactly a criminal defense attorney is supposed to do at each stage of the process.

2. Starting on page 184, the textbook discusses how indigent criminal Defendants get attorneys. List the different ways that indigent Defendants can get their Court-appointed attorneys. Also, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having a Public Defender, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of having a private practice attorney appointed as “Assigned Counsel”.

3. What are the biggest challenges and obstacles that criminal Defense Attorneys face in their practice? Are there challenges that are unique to Public Defenders, or are they no different than any other lawyer? Explain your answer.

-Word count must be at least 1,250 words for total assignment.

-Must be in APA style including in-text citation (author’s last name, year) and references.

-Must include at least 3 scholarly sources 1 being the textbook.

-Textbook: Neubauer, D. W., & Fradella, H. F. (2014). America’s courts and the criminal justice system (11th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

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