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Miranda Rights: Overview

Anyone who has ever seen a court show has heard of the Miranda Rights/Miranda Warning. "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law..." We've all heard it on television, but why exactly do they say it?

Contrary to popular belief, Miranda Rights only get read AFTER an arrest. If a suspect does not speak English, it has to get translated for them. They got implemented in 1966 to protect a defendant's Fifth Amendment rights. Technically, remaining silent before you have your Miranda Warning read could get used against you in court, unless you say "My lawyer advised me not to talk to law enforcement without them."

Nowadays, it proves prudent not to talk to police officers while under investigation. Simply state "I am going to remain silent". If you find yourself in need of legal services. The Law Office of Paul Previte can help. For more information, you can reach us at (817) 339-6693.