If you’ve ever seen The Wire, or pretty much any other cop show ever broadcast, you probably know that Miranda rights refer to the rights a person has when they are arrested. They include the right to remain silent, to be represented by an attorney, and to have counsel assigned if you can’t afford one. The police only have to read you your Miranda rights if you are being arrested. If they just want to ask you questions without arresting you, remaining silent can later be used against you in court. The guides below tell you everything you need to know about Miranda rights and how to avoid incriminating yourself.