What are Miranda rights?
In 1966 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Miranda vs. Arizona that an individual accused of a crime has certain constitutional rights. If you are in custody, before police question you, they must advise you of these constitutional rights also known as Miranda rights or a Miranda warning.
Police officers must inform you that:
|You have the right to remain silent.|
|Any statement you make may be used as evidence against you in a court of law.|
|You have a right to first speak with a lawyer and you have the right to have that lawyer present when you are being questioned.|
|If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you.|
|If you agree to a police interview, you have the right to end it at any time.|
Miranda warnings are usually not required for general questioning and fact finding at a crime scene or during routine traffic stops.
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