In 1993, Earl Gideon was charged with breaking an entering with a thought of action to commit a felony under Florida law. Gideon was forced to represent himself because the judge said that they would only appoint council for poor defendants charged with capital offenses. After being found guilty and sentenced five years ,Gideon sent his case to the supreme court.
The court is now deciding whether or not the sixth amendment applies to state courts as well as federal.
Is the right to an attorney granted by the sixth amendment in state courts?
This court case applies to the sixth amendment. It applies to this amendment in particular because Gideon was not allowed to his right of representation of council. Therefore, The state court system violated his sixth amendment rights.
The Florida state court denied my right to have an appointed an attorney.
The Florida law states that a attorney shall only be provided for poor defendants charged with capitol offenses.
The supreme court decided that states are required to provide legal counsel to indigent defendants charged with a felony.