Argersinger v. Hamlin: Case Brief


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Which amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to an attorney?

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1. What type of crime was Argersinger convicted of by the Florida trial court?

2. What was Argersinger's punishment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo is interactive and printable. You can use it to gauge your understanding of aspects surrounding the case that solidified the concept of legal representation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to measure your knowledge of the following:

  • In what circumstances is an individual entitled to a court-appointed attorney
  • What is the amendment that refers to right of counsel
  • Argersinger v. Hamlin concerned what crime
  • The length of Argersinger's sentence
  • Final vote tally of the Supreme Court's decision

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Argersinger v. Hamlin
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about legal representation in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding legal representation and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about under what circumstances the right to counsel applies

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about applicability of legal representation, review the short accompanying lesson called Argersinger v. Hamlin: Case Brief. The lesson focuses on the following objectives:

  • Define an important limitation of the amendment dealing with right to counsel
  • Explain the importance of Gideon v. Wainwright
  • Describe the lower court's reasoning about why an attorney was not necessary in this misdemeanor trial
  • Comment on the Supreme Court's reason for overturning the ruling of the lower court