Know Your Miranda Rights

Even if a person doesn’t know the specific name of their rights, most Americans are familiar with their Miranda rights. Television shows frequently depict police reading a suspect these familiar rights, which begin “you have the right to remain silent….”

The Miranda rights are named after the U.S Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona, in which the Supreme Court ruled that police who take a suspect into custody and plan to interrogate him or her must inform that suspect of certain specific rights. The Miranda rights are:

  1. The right to remain silent. As a criminal suspect, you have the right not to say anything or answer any police questions. The police must also warn you that, if you choose to talk to the police, whatever you say may be used against you in court.
  2. The right to an attorney. You have the right to have an attorney present at any police questioning, and you have the right to receive advice from that attorney and to act on it. Also, the police have to inform you that if you can’t afford an attorney, you have the right to be provided one free of charge during police questioning.

After reading you these rights, a police officer will often ask if you understood them. The officer may also ask you to sign a sheet of paper stating that you agree to waive, or give up, your rights. Never sign a paper that states you have agreed to waive your Miranda rights. Waiving your rights means anything you say can be used against you in court, without a legal challenge.

If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime in Colorado, contact a skilled Colorado defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you receive full legal protection while seeking the best possible outcome of your case. The experienced criminal defense lawyers at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. in Colorado are ready to help. Call today at 719-475-2555 for a free and confidential consultation.

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