Miranda Rights

Were you read your rights? You may be somewhat familiar with "Miranda rights," and whether or not they were read to you may be significant to your case. The current state of the law as it concerns "Miranda rights" is always changing, and even now the United States Supreme Court is considering changes to required Miranda rights. I can review your case to see whether any "Miranda right" issues are present in your case.

What Are Miranda Rights?

The name "Miranda" comes from a Defendant's last name in a United States Supreme Court case called Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda case was appealed all the way to the United States Supreme Court and the decision in the case stands for the proposition that any person who is in custody and who is interrogated must first be read their Miranda rights before their answers to custodial interrogation will be viewed as "noncoerced" and otherwise admissible as evidence at trial.

"You have the right to remain silent. Should you give up that right, anything you say can and will be used against you in a Court of law. You have the right to an attorney prior to any questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, will be appointed to represent you at Court expense."

The exact word of Miranda rights is not as important as the ideas included in the reading of those rights. Typical Miranda rights are similar to the following:

If you were not read your Miranda rights, it may be significant in your case. In other cases, it will not matter whether or not your Miranda Rights were read to you.