Written by attorney Scott J. Limmer

What You Should Know about Your Miranda Rights

You’ve seen it scores of times, in crime stories on TV and in movies. After collaring a suspect, the detective reels off a now familiar warning, telling the arrestee of his right to remain silent, reminding him anything he says can be used against him in court, mentioning the rights to have a lawyer present during questioning, and to be represented by a court-appointed lawyer if unable to afford to hire one. Here’s a brief summary of what these Miranda rights are, where they come from, and when they apply.

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