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Legal Advice: Right to Counsel

I need some information on the Right to Counsel...

I have successfully defended myself (pro se) in the past against an assault charge. I have a friend who was charged with Operating While Intoxicated yesterday. She was wrongfully denied a field sobriety test and the officer made her blow into a field breathalizer.

She has a right to counsel. Can she consent to my counsel if I am not a member of the bar? Can I represent her in front of the county attorney, magistrate, trial, etc., with her voluntary consent?

Do we try it anyways and claim a threat to her life and liberty if they refuse?

Any support would help. Thanks.




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"Can she consent to my counsel if I am not a member of the bar?"

Most state bars try to forbid this. The risk here is practicing law without a license. I've even heard of judges slapping contempt charges in these cases.

"Can I represent her in front of the county attorney, magistrate, trial, etc., with her voluntary consent?"

Closer, you can't "represent" but you can "assist" in the preparation of the case. There have been notable exceptions but I can't think of any in the past 20 years.

Do let us know what you find out in your state.

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