LEGAL GUIDE
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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