Argersinger was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor in Florida. He was charged with the maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. In the court cases Argersinger was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but he was not represented by an attorney.
A unanimous Court extended that right to cover defendants charged with misdemeanors who faced the possibility of a jail sentence. so matter how petty the crime the court is obligated to provide the accused with a counsel. In order to avoid getting caught in the assembly line of justice.
Do the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments guarantee a right to counsel to defendants who are accused of committing misdemeanors?
"Argersinger v. Hamlin." Oyez, https://www.oyez.org/cases/1971/70-5015. Accessed 8 Mar. 2017.