Right to counsel Tag

03 Mar

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right… to have the assistance of counsel for his defense” – Sixth Amendment

Recently, an unrepresented misdemeanor defendant appeared before a rather new Maryland judge for the non-jailable but nevertheless criminal misdemeanor charge of possessing an open alcoholic beverage container. Md. Code Alc. Bev. art. §6–322. The defendant asked the judge for a postponement, apparently to seek a...