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Your Right to an Attorney If You’re Arrested and Accused of a Crime


Today, if you are accused of a crime, you have the right to retain an attorney. Under the U.S. Constitution and the New York State Constitution, if you cannot afford an attorney, a public defense attorney should be provided for you at the expense of the state. Click the questions below to learn about your rights to an attorney if you’re arrested and accused of a crime in New York.

This KYR is not a replacement for legal advice.

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