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right to counsel

The right to counsel means that when someone is formally accused of a crime and has to go to court, they have the right to a lawyer who will help them understand their legal rights and give them legal advice. If someone can't afford to hire a lawyer, the government will appoint one for them to make sure they have a fair trial. It's like having a big brother or sister with you when you go to court to help you understand what everything means and to make sure that everything is fair. It's a really important right because it helps protect people from being treated unfairly by the legal system.
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