Your Miranda Rights

Anyone who is arrested in the United States has certain inalienable rights under the U.S. Constitution. When police take a person into custody for questioning, they must read him or her the Miranda Warning, which outlines key rights that an arrested person may exercise. Knowing your rights is crucial to protecting yourself from self-incrimination or from otherwise making statements that could later hurt your case.

The Miranda Warning

In the Supreme Court decision for Miranda v. Arizona, the Court established a new requirement that arrested individuals must be informed of their rights when they are taken in for questioning. This set of statements that is now regularly read by police is known as the Miranda Warning. The exact wording of the warning varies from place to place, but all warnings must include a recitation of an individual’s rights under the 5th and 6th amendments of the U.S. Constitution:

  • You have the right to remain silent.
  • You have the right to talk to an attorney and have an attorney present for any questioning.
  • You will be appointed an attorney, free of charge, if you cannot afford one.

Under these rights, you are not required to answer any questions that you are asked when you are stopped or arrested. You can choose to remain silent throughout the process and you do not have to submit to questioning. Alternately, you may request to call an attorney or have one provided for you to be present at your questioning if you choose to talk with police. A criminal defense attorney can help you decide which questions to answer so that your rights and interests remain protected during your case.

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Knowing and exercising your Miranda Rights is crucial to your legal defense if you are arrested for a crime. To learn more about your rights and legal options if you are facing criminal charges, contact a Dallas criminal attorney at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007.

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