Sixth Amendment right to counsel prohibits state from freezing legitimate assets of a criminal defendant needed to pay for counsel of choice

The Supreme Court held in Luis v. United States, 136 S.Ct. 1083 (U.S. 2016), that the government may not prevent a criminal defendant from using funds not derived from a crime to pay for counsel of choice. No constitutional issue arose from confiscating the proceeds of a crime but the law in question froze the defendant's assets to ensure that moneys would be available to pay any eventual fines or penalties. While that was a legitimate government purpose it was not sufficient to justify the imposition on the defendant's right under the Sixth Amendment to seek assistance of counsel of the defendant's choice.