Infringement of Rights?

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The right to counsel, it is a constitutional right. A right given to all of us under the sixth amendment. That right, unfortunately, is apparently being somewhat challenged in Oregon, as the state has only roughly thirty-one percent of the public defense attorneys it needs to provide reasonably effective assistance to low income/ indigent defendants. To help curb the problem, and its own data deficiencies, the Oregon Office of Public Defense Services has recommended that the state invest in a centralized data system for all public defense. Luckily there is no noted similar issue in Washington State at this time. Presumably, the legislature would take immediate action to curb any perceived violations of the sixth amendment if they arose here. However, it is no doubt something to watch, as everyone has the right to be aggressively defended when charged with a crime.

If you are apprehended for a crime you should assert your right to both: (1) remain silent, and (2) counsel. Talking with the police isn’t going to resolve anything. However, talking with a criminal attorney will. A Criminal lawyer is not going to judge you, and understands that everyone makes mistakes. Hiring a Criminal Lawyer to help can – at a minimum – reduce penalties, and can help direct people on how to best deal with their criminal charge, and many times even get them dismissed. So it should go without saying that someone cited for a misdemeanor or felony should hire a qualified Criminal Lawyer as soon as possible. Criminal charges can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with a crime in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Criminal Lawyer – like the attorneys at SQ Attorneys – (206) 441-0900.

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