Right to counsel

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Legislation, Truancy - Petition Against Child

Pursuant to Ala. Code § 12-15-102(4)(a), truancy is treated as a status offense (specifically, Child in Need of Supervision, or CHINS).  And in CHINS cases, a child has a right to counsel regardless of indigence if facing possible detention, pursuant to Ala. Code § 12-15-202(f)(1)(a).  Otherwise, appointment is discretionary, as per Ala. Code § 12-15-202(f)(1)(b)

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes