I am seeking a criminal defense lawyer that takes pro bono cases in harrisburg, pennsylvania can any one help
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If you are looking for someone other than the PD to represent you, you are probably out of luck. You can look to the local bar association for a low cost referral to a criminal defense lawyer, but probably no pro bono lawyers out there doing criminal.
Edward J. Blum
Almost all pro bono representation pertains to civil cases, not criminal cases. In most circumstances, representation in a criminal case is either by privately retained lawyer or the office of the public defender. Good luck.
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If you are charged with a crime, and you can't afford to hire an attorney, you are entitled to a Public Defender to represent you. Public defenders are paid by the government. Public defenders are often very good lawyers. They do tend to have very large caseloads.
If you are not charged with a crime, or likely to be charged, you aren't looking for a criminal defense attorney. Pro bono does not always fit the criminal case profile. You need experience, not someone doing a case on the side for free.
A criminal defendant's right to an attorney is found in the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which requires the "assistance of counsel" for the accused "in all criminal prosecutions." This means that a criminal defendant has a constitutional right to be represented by a lawyer during trial.
Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), is the decision of our United States Supreme Court in which the Court unanimously ruled that state courts are required under the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution to provide counsel in criminal cases for defendants unable to afford their own attorneys.
Since your needs may be for a lawyer, contact PA legal aid if you can afford to hire one.
Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.
Good luck to you.
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