The U.S. Constitution guarantees your right to an attorney in a criminal case.
This right extends to state prosecutions through the due process clause of the 14th Amendment.
The Texas Constitution article I also provides this right. This doesn’t mean you must be provided an attorney at no cost.
What this right grants you is the right to retain your own counsel and be represented by an attorney while dealing with the criminal justice system.
While the best attorney is not always the most expensive, few people can actually afford the attorney they want.
Your rights guarantee you an attorney, not necessarily the one you want or the one who will do the best job on your case.
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