Right to counsel
While a state may have many statutes, court decisions, or court rules governing appointment of counsel for a particular subject area, a "Key Development" is a statute/decision/rule that prevails over the others (example: a state high court decision finding a categorical right to counsel in guardianships cases takes precedence over a statute saying appointment in guardianship cases is discretionary).
Legislation, Truancy - Petition Against Child
Pursuant to Ala. Code § 12-15-102(4)(a), truancy is treated as a status offense (specifically, Child in Need of Supervision, or CHINS). And in CHINS cases, a child has a right to counsel regardless of indigence if facing possible detention, pursuant to Ala. Code § 12-15-202(f)(1)(a). Otherwise, appointment is discretionary, as per Ala. Code § 12-15-202(f)(1)(b).
If "yes", the established right to counsel or discretionary appointment of counsel is limited in some way, including any of: the only authority is a lower/intermediate court decision or a city council, not a high court or state legislature; there has been a subsequent case that has cast doubt; a statute is ambiguous; or the right or discretionary appointment is not for all types of individuals or proceedings within that category.
Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes