Right to counsel

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Legislation, Paternity - Defendant/Respondent

"In all criminal cases, including paternity cases . . . when a defendant is entitled to counsel as provided by law, the trial judge shall before arraignment ascertain from the accused, or otherwise: (1) Whether or not the defendant has arranged to be represented by counsel; (2) Whether or not the defendant desires the assistance of counsel; and (3) Whether or not the defendant is able financially or otherwise to obtain the assistance of counsel in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Office of Indigent Defense Services."

Cite: Ala. Code ยง 15-12-20

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no