The Rights Of An Attorney

1123 WordsMar 29, 20155 Pages
American citizens tend to forget that they did not always have the rights they have today. They do not remember that the rights they have were not just handed to them, people fought for them. One in particular that was not easily granted was the right to an attorney. While there are other important parts to due process, the right to an attorney is by far the most valuable and necessary. The right to an attorney is the most important aspect of due process because without it any human being without money would be at risk of going to jail for a crime they did not commit, defendants would receive incompetent lawyers, and people would not have the opportunity of being informed of their other rights. One case that illustrates the necessity of having the right to an attorney is Gideon v Wainwright. This case in particular dealt with an elderly man named Gideon who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. After realizing that he should have received an attorney he wrote a petition. After being granted the opportunity for a second trial with an attorney appointed to him, he was found innocent. Also, the cases in which convicted felons were not granted counsel were going to receive a second trial (Gideon). His actions changed the lives of all American citizens. If it weren’t for Gideon those who could not afford an attorney would, most likely, end up in prison for a crime they did not commit (Gideon). Our entire justice system would be corrupt and innocent people would go to

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