Washington Law Review




The petitioner was before juvenile court on charges of committing a battery. Defendant and his mother were advised of their right to counsel, but not to appointed counsel at certification, a proceeding which determines whether the juvenile court should waive jurisdiction in favor of district court. Neither defendant nor his family was financially able to employ counsel. Counsel was appointed only after the defendant had been transferred to the district court for criminal prosecution. On motion to vacate judgment and sentence on the subsequent criminal conviction, Held: An indigent juvenile offender has no right to appointed counsel in a transfer proceeding. State v. Acuna, 428 P.2d 658 (N.M. 1967).

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