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Miranda Rights 101 Explained by a Trusted San Diego Criminal Lawyer
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law …” Even if this hasn’t been said to you directly, you must’ve heard it countless times in popular police and detective dramas on TV. Many people recognize the sentences as Miranda rights read out loud, but their knowledge extends only so far.
More disturbingly, there are a few common misconceptions surrounding Miranda rights. For example, many people believe that a police officer is required by law to administer Miranda rights to every single person they stop or talk to. That is why it’s essential that you turn to a free consultation criminal lawyer San Diego residents trust for accurate information and clarification that can help your case.
What are Miranda rights?
The Miranda Warning, also referred to as Miranda rights, is basically a ‘’right to silence’’ given by police officials to criminal suspects in police custody. The Miranda Warning is given before any criminal interrogation is initiated so the statement obtained by the suspect could be admissible in criminal proceedings.
Police officers warn the individual about to be interrogated of their right to remain silent, as well as the right to contact a lawyer. They have to make sure that the individual understands that everything they say can be used against them in the court of law. Additionally, if the individual cannot afford a lawyer, they have the right to be provided with one before the questioning, if they so choose.
Miranda Rights are administered in order to safeguard the suspect’s Fifth Amendment rights during direct questioning in custody or its equivalent. Every individual has the right to protection against compelled self-incrimination, which is why law enforcement officials are required to administer the Miranda Warning under certain circumstances.
If you need further information and clarification, contacting a free consultation criminal lawyer San Diego residents trust is advised.
When do Miranda rights need to be said?
A common misconception is that law enforcement officers are required by law to administer Miranda rights in all interrogatory circumstances, including stopping an individual on the street and asking for their identification information. Namely, as of 2004, police officers can ask an individual to provide their biographical information without administering their Miranda rights, as allowed for by state ‘’stop and identify’’ laws upheld by the Supreme Court.
Law enforcement officers are, however, required to provide an individual with spoken Miranda rights if the individual is considered a suspect and is in police custody. The officers have to provide the suspect with their Miranda rights before the questioning begins. However, the suspect does not need to be arrested for the rule to apply. If the suspect’s freedom to leave the situation is restrained (as assessed by a reasonable person), the police officer has to administer Miranda rights to the suspect before starting to ask questions.
Is it legal to question someone without their attorney present?
It is legal to question an individual even if their attorney isn’t present. It remains legal as long as the suspect hasn’t been formally charged of a crime and they feel they are free to leave at any time. Note that the person can be arrested but not formally charged. This means that the police have the right to interrogate them without an attorney present, as long as they have provided them with the Miranda Warning.
An individual being questioned can waive their Miranda rights and choose to answer questions without an attorney present. Nevertheless, if the suspect asks for an attorney, the police have no right to ask additional questions before the attorney arrives. This right is known as the ‘’right to counsel’’ and is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment.
For more information and clarification, contact Vik Monder, a free consultation criminal lawyer San Diego residents rely on.
Why do Miranda rights matter?
Miranda rights protect individuals being interrogated from self-incriminating. As long as the suspect is aware of their Miranda rights, everything they say can and probably will be used against them during criminal proceedings.
However, if the suspect can prove that the incriminating information they divulged was given because they were threatened or otherwise coerced by the law enforcement officers, the information couldn’t be used in the court of law.
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If you have reason to believe that you have been coerced into providing self-incriminating information or you believe your Miranda rights have been violated, turn to the best free consultation criminal lawyer San Diego has to offer – Vik Monder. Attorney Monder is a relentless fighter for justice who employs his knowledge and experience in providing aggressive representation for each and every client. Contact Monder Law Group today at 619-405-0063 and schedule a free consultation.