Understanding what your Miranda rights mean

All those who have been accused of a crime have certain rights. Unfortunately, many defendants are not aware of their rights, and, therefore, they sometimes suffer unfair consequences.

It's important to fully understand your rights as a defendant because it could mean the difference between a guilty or not guilty verdict. You may have heard of Miranda rights, but you might not be completely sure of what they entail for you. 

You have the right to remain silent

When you are arrested and interrogated by the police, you have the right to remain silent. This means that when the police ask you questions relating to whether or not you committed the crime in question, you do not have to explicitly admit or deny anything.

Any statement you make could be made against you in court

While you have the right to remain silent, you should also remember that any statement that you do make can be used against you as a form of evidence. This is why many people who are arrested choose to remain silent until they have gotten advice from their lawyer.

You have the right to an attorney

Everyone has the right to an attorney, whether they can afford one or not. This means that if you cannot afford to pay for the services of an attorney, you will be appointed one.

What happens if the police do not inform me of my Miranda rights?

Not only do all defendants automatically have Miranda rights, but they must also be informed of their rights upon their arrest. This is a requirement to ensure that no one acts without knowledge of what they are entitled to. Therefore, if the police fail to inform you of your Miranda rights upon taking you into custody, anything that you do say, no matter how incriminating, can't be used against you in the criminal case.

Your Miranda rights comprise just some of the rights you have as a defendant. It is important that you have a full understanding of your rights under the law and how they relate to the specific crime that you have been accused of.

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