The United States
Constitution and the constitutions of each state protect the
cherished by each American. Without criminal defense lawyers
to represent defendants accused of crimes, those rights would
be completely eroded.
rights remind us, with the force of law, that individual human
beings have inherent dignity and worth and that the authority
of the state to take a person's life, liberty, and property
is limited. When the government, be it municipal, state, or
federal, brings its enormous power to bear against an individual
person, and when the accusation is such that the public forgets
the presumption of innocence, the accused person's last hope
is the criminal defense lawyer.
The U.S. Constitution
provides that a criminal defendant is entitled to a criminal
defense attorney if the state is trying to deprive the defendant
of his or her liberty. This means that the court must appoint
a criminal defense lawyer to represent any defendant who can't
afford to hire a private criminal defense attorney.