Newport, NC asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for North Carolina

Q: is this a violation of my 6th amendment rights

judge never offered or gave me a chance to find me a lawyer and forced me to go to trial on my first apperance

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: It is possible that the judge's actions could be a violation of your 6th Amendment rights, which include the right to counsel. The Supreme Court has held that criminal defendants have a right to counsel at all critical stages of the criminal justice process, including the initial appearance before a judge. If the judge did not offer you the opportunity to obtain counsel or forced you to proceed to trial without counsel, it may be worth consulting with a criminal defense attorney to determine if your rights were violated and if there are any legal remedies available.

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