The police do not have to read a person's Miranda Rights to them. The only requirement is that if the police are going to question a person who is under arrest then they must read those rights to the person and get the person to agree to give up those rights and talk to them voluntarily before the questioning begins. The remedy, if the police do not do this, is to suppress what the person tells them during the questioning and not, as some people believe, dismissing the case. I do not know why the judge would have read you your rights. That seems unusual, although I can't say illegal.
Given that this is 15 years old it may be too late to do anything about it.
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As the prior attorney has explained, a police officer does not have to read you the Miranda rights unless they are going to question you. A Judge may read you Miranda warnings if he/she wishes to do so. Since this occurred 15 years ago, it is unlikely that you could do anything about it even if it were illegal. Most states have a maximum cutoff time for errors in cases to be corrected. You may wish to search more on the internet under "Miranda warnings" to read more information.
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The reading of Miranda rights is only required if and when you are in custody and the police wish to question. The failure to have the Miranda warnings read to you won't affect the charges. The only remedy is that any statements that you made to the police would be suppressed and excluded from the trial.
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