Saturday, October 18, 2008
The Legal Eagles Legal Brief: The Case Of Being Read Your Rights
Miranda v. Arizona, is the landmark 1966 case that determined "that information obtained by police officers through the questioning of a suspect in police custody may be admitted as evidence at trial only if the questioning was preceded by certain cautions known collectively as a 'Miranda warning.' Accordingly, police officers usually begin their questioning of a person in custody by first making the following statement: 'You have the right to remain silent. If you do say anything, what you say can be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to consult with a lawyer and have that lawyer present during any questioning. If you can not afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you if you so desire. If you choose to talk to the police officer, you have the right to stop the interview at any time.'" -From, "The Criminal Law Handbook"