What are Your Miranda Rights?
Many people know a little bit about the Miranda Warnings from watching cops shows on TV. What many people do not realize is that if a cop fails to read you your Miranda Rights prior to interrogating you, any statements you gave may be thrown out by the court at a later time. There are also some exceptions to the general rules so it always helps to consult a Provo criminal defense attorney to discuss your specific case. In some cases, failing to read you your Miranda rights may even leads to a dismissal of the charges against you where it would be difficult for the prosecutor to proceed without being able to introduce evidence of statements made.
The Police Must Advise You of Your Rights
Simply stated, your Miranda rights are as follows:
- You have the right to remain silent.
- Anything you say may be used against you at court.
- You have the right to a lawyer.
- Your lawyer can be present during questioning.
- If you can not afford to hire a lawyer, one will be appointed to you.
- You have the right to terminate questioning by the police.
These are important rights and all too many cases, individuals who are arrested waive these rights unnecessarily. In some instances, improper pressure is put on the people in custody and they mistakenly believe they have to communicate and cooperate with law enforcement. The best practice is to invoke your rights and ask to speak with a lawyer prior to giving any statements to authorities.
Provo Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested, if the police want to question you, we can help. Before you do anything, speak with a Provo defense lawyer at our office today. We provide free consultations and can help ensure your rights are protected. Call us at 1-801-900-3717 today.