Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Why the Police Don't Read You Your Rights

When an individual is placed under arrest a police officer is required to read an individual their Miranda rights.  Those rights, as made famous by mainstream television on shows like Law and Order, guarantee that an individual who is placed under arrest cannot be interrogated without an attorney present or without first waiving his or her right to have an attorney present.  Therefore, if after you are placed under arrest the police officers interrogate you, meaning they ask you incriminating questions related to the crime, without first reading you your Miranda rights, then anything you say to the police cannot be introduced as evidence at trial.  

However, if you are placed under arrest and make statements to the police that are not the result of police questioning, then those statements can be used against you regardless of whether you had your rights read to you.  

If you are placed under arrest it is very important that you say absolutely nothing under no circumstances, regardless of whether your rights have been read.  You should make it very clear to the police that you have nothing to say to them and that you want to speak to an attorney.

If you have been arrested and interrogated with or without having your Miranda rights read to you, and are in need of a criminal defense lawyer in DCcontact Sean J. Farrelly for a full and free consultation.

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