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Miranda Rights

If you have been arrested and interrogated by the police, you like heard your Miranda rights (also known as the Miranda warning). Originally, this warning stemmed from a case in 1963 entitled Miranda v. Arizona, in which the defendant, Ernesto Miranda, confessed to his crime without being informed of his right to remain silent.

Though the Supreme Court did not mandate a set speech for law enforcement officers to use when delivering this message, it is crucial that they convey certain pieces of information. At the conclusion of the Miranda reading, the suspect must say that they do understand these rights and clearly comprehend what is being conveyed.

If you have been placed under arrest, contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to make sure that your rights are being respected.

What Are the Miranda Rights?

The Miranda Rights include the following rights:

  • Right to remain silent
  • Right to not answer any questions until an attorney is present on your behalf
  • Right to an attorney (or, if you cannot afford one, a court-appointed attorney)
  • Knowledge of the fact that what you say following the arrest can and will be used against you in a court of law
  • Right to consult with your country's consulate before questioning (if you are not a US citizen)

While police on TV often read people their Miranda rights upon arrest, this is not actually accurate. Under the law, you only have the right to hear these rights if the police have arrested you and are planning to interrogate you. You must be read these rights before the interrogation can begin.

Contact Us

Violations of suspects' Miranda rights are a very serious legal matter. If you believe your rights have been violated by the police, contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950.


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