T he Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the assistance of counsel for the accused in criminal prosecutions. Every accused has the right to be represented by an attorney in a criminal trial and if he or she cannot afford an attorney, the government will appoint an attorney at no cost to the defendant.The attorney’s duties are to Advise the defendant of his rights and explain the criminal processEnsure the court proceedings follow the law and that the defendant’s constitutional rights are protectedNegotiate for plea bargaining when appropriateZealously r epresent the defendant at trialThe duties of the private defense attorney and/or the appointed public defender attorney are equal. Write a four to five page paper to the topic: Compare and contrast the legal representation by a private defense attorney versus a public defender? Does money buy a better defense?
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