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Miranda Rights: What Happens if Police Don't "Read Your Rights"

One issue that comes up from time to time is whether a person was read their rights, and what that means for their case. The term "Miranda Rights" stands for the right to remain silent.

A common complaint from those accused is that police did not read them their "Miranda Rights" before they said something incriminating to police. However, "Miranda Rights" only need to be read when you are in police custody, so if you either were casually speaking to police or you said something to police before they put you into custody, then police did not have to read you your rights.

But if you were in custody, and police never read you your rights, then any statement you gave to police after you were read those rights cannot be used in court. However, context matters, because if you start a conversation with an officer, and in it you say something you shouldn't, you could be waiving your Miranda Rights.

Whether a police officer read you your rights at the appropriate time is a question for the courts to decide, and is based on the particular facts of the case, such as where the statement took place and whether you were free to leave. If you have a question regarding whether the Miranda standard was followed during your case, consult The Criminal Defense Attorneys at Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today.

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