Does a federal pre-indictment defendant have a right to a Federal Defender in a proffer?

Asked 10 months ago - Minneapolis, MN

Does a federal pre-indictment defendant have a right to a Federal Defender in a proffer?

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  1. Thomas G. Briody

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    Answered . Yes. If you received a target letter you should have been advised of that right. Contact the federal defender, or the clerk of court to see about having a lawyer appointed for you.

    The response I have provided is general in nature, and does not create an attorney-client relationship. My... more
  2. Stephen F Wallace

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    Answered . Yes, just as a indigent defendant has a right during the target process. I have two right now.

  3. Max Allen Keller

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    Answered . Generally, yes in Federal court, but not in state court. Contact the Federal Public Defender right away or a qualified , highly rated on Avvo.com ASAP.

    This is not legal advice. Communications on this website do not establish an Attorney-Client relationship. This... more
  4. Raymond George Wigell

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    Answered . Yes, if the person is other wise qualified. The quandary of your response is that the person is not a defendant until charged, i.e. indicted in your fact pattern. If the person has received the "target letter" it contains the suggestion by the government that the recipient contact a private attorney or the local federal defender.

    Of course, every answer or response is based on the information provided in the question asked and requires a much... more

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