When Does A Police Officer Have To Read You Your Miranda Rights?
Once a week, I receive calls or meet clients who indicate to me that they spoke to an officer investigating a crime involving them, or their family, but that they felt that because the officer didnt’ read them their rights, that they can’t use the stuff they said against them in Court.
Most people are quite ignorant of the Miranda requirement. If there is one area of law that is the most important in our daily lives, it is the concept of Miranda.
A police officer does not have to read you your rights until you are in custodial interrogation. Both of these words are important. (1) Custody and (2) Interrogation.
Often, officers will not read rights because they will claim that the suspect was not in custody. Is this legitimate? Absolutely, the US Supreme Court allows officers to engage suspects in conversations and essentially interrogate them without being in custody as long as they are being detained for investigative purposes.
Don’t let this happen to you. If you have been accused of violating a criminal offense, speak to an attorney immediately. Or, better yet, invoke your right to remain silent and ask to speak to an attorney.
At KIA LAW FIRM, we are all about preventative legal help. The more you know, the more knowledge you have.
I will offer a free consultation with anyone who has legal questions. Knowledge is key. Knowledge is power.