Suspect Who Cannot Afford an Attorney

Question: What happens to a suspect who cannot afford an attorney?

Answer: A person who cannot afford an attorney would be appointed an attorney in the context of this type of an investigation. In other words, if the Miranda rights were read and the person asked to speak with an attorney, the Miranda rights do not require that a person be able to afford one. In that instance, the police would have to work with the court and have a court-appointed attorney appear to advise the person as to their rights and to assist them in answering or deciding not to answer any other questions that are asked by the police.

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