The short answer is yes. Since 1963 in the case of Clarence Gideon in Gideon v. Wainwright criminal defendants must have legal representation. The US Supreme Court ruled in Gideon’s favor stating that anyone accused of a crime is guaranteed the right to an attorney.
The reputation in the community and the courthouse of the attorney or law firm should be looked into before a decision is made. The Mackey Law Firm will be glad to furnish you names of clients who have volunteered to speak to potential client about their experiences or you can look on AVVO for client reviews.
It is the opinion of the Mackey Law Firm that a conflict of interest can easily arise detrimental to the client. A client may be paying more to enter this type of relationship without being given the full and effective representation they need.
The law says that you will not have a criminal conviction on your record if you live out this type of probation. However, the truth of the matter is that it will be on the records of the District or County Clerks available for any in the public to see. Potential employers will not only make inquiry about your arrest and conviction record but also apartments managers review these records as well. The Mackey Law Firm will inform you as to your rights and opportunities in seeking to seal or expunge your records or preventing public disclosure.
George B. Mackey
Attorney at Law
101 Summit Ave., Suite 215
Fort Worth, TX 76102