Right to counsel

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Legislation, Sexually Dangerous Persons - Commitment

Wis. Stat. Ann. § 980.03(2)(a) provides a right to counsel for “any hearing” related to commitment of sexually violent persons, “[e]xcept as provided in §§ 980.038(2) [refusal to participate in examination] and 980.09 [petition for discharge].”  If the person “claims or appears to be indigent,” the court must “refer the person to the authority for indigency determinations under § 977.07(1) and, if applicable, the appointment of counsel.”  Wis. Stat. Ann. § 980.03(2)(a). 

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no