Even if you have never been arrested, you are probably familiar with Miranda Rights. An attorney will not be able to help suspects avoid punishment for a crime if they are not read these rights, but some evidence may be inadmissible. If you are facing criminal charges and need an attorney in Southaven, MS, turn to Robert Chamoun Law Firm. Here are the answers to three frequently asked questions about Miranda Rights:
What Are Miranda Rights?
In the Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona, the court mandated that individuals must be advised of their rights regarding legal representation and self-incrimination at the time of their arrest. Suspects have the right to remain silent, as anything they say can be used against them in a court of law. Additionally, they have the right to a lawyer and the right to stop the interrogation at any time.
When Must Police Read The Miranda Rights?
When people are taken into custody, police must read them their Miranda Rights. It does not matter where the arrest and interrogation occur. For example, if an officer arrests and interrogates a suspect at the scene of the crime, that officer must state the Miranda Rights. If an individual is not in custody, a Miranda Warning is not required. If that individual makes certain admissions and is later arrested, those admissions may be used in a court of law because they occurred before the individual was in custody, when the Miranda warning was not yet required.
What Happens If I Am Not Read My Rights?
If you are arrested but the police do not read you your rights, they cannot admit any evidence they obtain from you before you knew your rights.
Whether the police read your Miranda Rights or not, you should not speak until you have an attorney present in the event of an arrest. The criminal justice system is unpredictable, but Robert Chamoun Law Firm will fight tirelessly for your rights. Visit their website to learn more about their experience in criminal defense, and call (901) 596-4022 to schedule a consultation with an attorney in Southaven, MS, today.