The Miranda Rights, also known as the Miranda Warning, are required by law to be recited to suspects at a crime scene before police arrest and interrogate them. This condition was established in 1966 after the US Supreme Court case of Miranda vs. Arizona. The Miranda Warning was set in place in order to protect the Fifth Amendment rights of American citizens when speaking with government officials and to keep them from making self-incriminating statements.
What are the Miranda Rights?
The Miranda Rights are comprised of set guidelines that should be spoken to offenders in order to inform them of their Fifth Amendment rights:
- The right to remain silent
- Anything said can and will be used against the offender in court
- The right to consult with an attorney before talking
- The offender will be provided with an attorney if he or she cannot afford one
Depending on the state in consideration, there are certain, extra stipulations that apply to a situation in which one’s Miranda Rights are recited. In Florida, officers must also ask the offender, “Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak with me?”
If an officer fails to make an offender aware of his or her rights prior to arrest and interrogation, then any words spoken by the citizen cannot be used as evidence against him or her.
If you would like to learn more about the Miranda Rights or your personal rights before, during, and after arrest, contact the West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. today at 561-353-2800 to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.