Right to counsel

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Legislation, Civil Contempt in Family Court

Oklahoma law grants a statutory right to counsel and notice of this right for an indigent defendant facing a civil contempt action that could result in incarceration. Okla. Stat. tit. 12, Chap. 2, App., Rule 29 ("In a civil contempt action which may result in the incarceration of a defendant who appears without counsel, the court must inform the defendant that he has a right to counsel and that if he is financially unable to employ counsel and desires such, the court must assign counsel to defend him. Only after receiving notice of this right, can the defendant knowingly and intelligently waive his right to counsel.")

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no