What Are Your Miranda Rights?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Miranda Rights, News | 0 comments

Although the actual diction and syntax of the Miranda warning isn’t specifically outlined by the Supreme Court, over time law enforcement agents have developed a certain warning they must read to those under arrest. After the warning, the suspect must respond and say whether or not he or she understands the rights that were read to him or her. If you have been arrested, a Houston criminal defense lawyer may be able to help you understand these and other rights.

The Miranda Rights

The Fifth Amendment protects individuals from self-incrimination. As an extension of the Fifth Amendment, the Miranda rights include the following:

Right to remain silent
Warning that anything you say can be used against you in the court of law
Right to an attorney
Right to an appointed attorney if you cannot afford one on your own
Right to refuse to answer questions until you have an attorney present

If you are arrested and not read you Miranda rights, you may be able to take legal action against the arresting officer.
If you have been charged with a crime, you still have a number of legal rights, including those outlined in the Miranda warning. To learn more about your Miranda rights and how they apply to your case, get in touch with an experienced criminal defense lawyer today.

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