Shortcomings of the Miranda Warning
The explanation of rights that police officers are required to give criminal suspects before taking them into custody is called the Miranda warning. The Miranda warning informs criminal suspects of the rights they have been granted by the Constitution to prevent self-incrimination. However, the Miranda warning is short and may fail to fully disclose a person’s rights in a certain situation.
If you have been arrested or interrogated by the police, make sure you protect your freedom by exercising all of your rights. The police will be working against you, meaning you will need someone on your side. You have the right to aggressive legal counsel; take advantage of it by contacting the Dallas criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007.
What the Miranda Warning Doesn’t Explain
The Miranda warning must inform suspects that they have the right to remain silent, that anything they say can be used in court against them, and that they have the right to an attorney. It must be made clear that the suspect understands these rights. Unfortunately, the Miranda warning does not make clear what the right to an attorney or legal counsel means.
The right to legal counsel and the right to silence allow a person to not say anything to the police until his or her attorney is present. However, many people do not understand that they are allowed to speak one-on-one with their attorney before having any kind of interaction with the police. They are even allowed to have their attorney speak in their place. This allows suspects to exercise their right to avoid self-incrimination while enjoying their right to professional legal representation.
If you ever find yourself in the situation where you are being interrogated by the police, do not say anything without an attorney present. Contact the Dallas criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 to exercise your constitutional rights.