Gideon was arrested and charged with a felony; having broken into a poolroom with the intent to commit a misdemeanor offense. When Gideon showed up in court without a lawyer, he requested one. According to Florida state law, an attorney may only be appointed to an indigent defendant in capital cases, so the trial court did not appoint one. Therefore, Gideon represented himself in court. He was found guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison. Gideon argued that his constitutional rights were violated to be represented by counsel. The people involved in this case were; Clarence Earl Gideon, Louie L. Wainwright, Corrections Director, and Chief Justice Earl Warren.