“MIRANDA” RIGHTS AND YOU

Posted on: August 21, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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Orange County criminal defense lawyerEvery adult in the United States knows that they have legal rights that the criminal justice system is bound to honor and respect. Since the Supreme Court’s 1966 ruling in the case of Miranda vs. Arizona, law enforcement officers are required by law to explain your “Miranda rights” only after you have been formally arrested and prior to questioning you. It’s not like television – if the police do not read your Miranda rights, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you get to “walk” and that the charges will be dropped. In real life, as you might expect, it’s a little more complicated than that. In Orange County, if you are charged with a drug crime or a sex crime, a robbery, theft, or DUI, retain the legal help you need by contacting an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer at once. Your Miranda rights are:

  • You have the right to remain silent and to know that anything you say can be used against you in a court of law.
  • You have the right to have an attorney present during any questioning.
  • If you cannot afford an attorney, you have the right to have an attorney appointed for you by the court.

Whether or not the police “read” your rights to you, and whether or not you are under investigation or arrest, you have those rights. Exercise them politely. If you’re questioned by the police either before or after an arrest – or merely as part of an investigation – simply and cooperatively explain that you choose to remain silent and that you want an attorney present during any questioning. Police officers know the rules, and most of them will honor your request. If you’re charged with a felony or misdemeanor drug, sex, theft, or DUI crime in southern California, now or in the future, you’re going to need fast, high-quality legal representation. It’s imperative after an arrest – arrange as quickly as possible to consult with an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer.

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