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What should everyone know about Miranda rights?

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Criminal Defense

A person who is being taken into custody by police officers may be read their Miranda rights, which are based on the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution. It’s imperative that everyone understands these rights in case they’re ever in a position wherein they need to use them.

Once a person is read their Miranda rights, they should invoke those rights. This must be done clearly so there’s not any question about the person’s intentions.

What are the Miranda rights?

The Miranda rights encompass the right to remain silent and the right to consult with an attorney. These both help to protect a person’s right against self-incrimination. When a person is being questioned, everything they say to the officer can become part of a case against them if there’s any indication that a criminal act has occurred.

It’s always important to remain factual when dealing with police officers. However, the way the truth is presented can sometimes play a role in the case. Working with a legal representative can help defendants to determine how to answer questions when interacting with officers. In some instances, this is a strategy to mitigate the penalties the person will have to face if they’re convicted of a crime.

How are Miranda rights invoked?

Invoking Miranda rights must be done in a very clear manner. This can include the person telling the police officers that they invoke their rights or that they wish to remain silent. This is an all-inclusive statement. Once a person invokes these rights, they should stop talking to police officers completely.

It’s important to remember that your invocation also applies to all law enforcement officers. Once you invoke your right to remain silent, the current officers can’t call in new people to resume questioning.

If police officers don’t respect a person’s invocation, the information they gather may be excluded from evidence in court. This is just one of the ways in which crafting a thoughtful defense strategy can lead to justice being done in cases involving misconduct by law enforcement officers.