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    Default Can a Judge Force You to Take a Court-Appointed Lawyer

    If you are charged with a crime, can the judge require that you complete a petition for a court-appointed lawyer, and require that you be represented by that lawyer during subsequent court proceedings?

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    Default Re: Can a Judge Force You to Take a Court-Appointed Lawyer

    If you are mentally competent, the court cannot compel you to accept a court-appointed lawyer. But, although rarely done, the court can appoint a lawyer to serve in an advisory capacity.

    One way or another, if you're charged with a crime it's a very good idea to have a lawyer to assist you with your defense.

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