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If the accused cannot afford to hire an attorney, s/he can ask for court-appointed counsel.
The accused should only plead guilty if s/he is, in fact, guilty.
Otherwise, the accused should be willing to demand and go through a jury trial.
This way, the prosecutor always has the burden of proof.
If the prosecutor can't meet its burden of proof at trial, then the jury will come back not guilty and the case will be dismissed.
Under such circumstances, the accused has exercised their rights to counsel and rights to jury trial.
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