Unfortunately, many people believe false stories about Miranda Rights, and the legalities and truths behind them. They are often confused for something other than that they truly are: the basic rights of a person under arrest. For someone under arrest, these rights are important to know and understand. Even if you are turning yourself in to authorities, it is vital to comprehend what your Miranda Rights are and how they are used in the legal system. Continue reading to learn more about your Miranda Right’s and what is is they do for a person who is under arrest for a crime.
Your Miranda Rights
There is no official documentation of the exact phrasing of the Miranda Rights, instead, police and law enforcement stations across America develop their own spin on it; however, all Miranda rights must have the same basic components and goes as follows:
“You have the right to remain silent; anything you say or do can be held against you in a court of law; you have the right to have an attorney present now or for any further questioning; if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you at no cost.”
Many people believe a person cannot legally be arrested without their Miranda rights being read to them, but the truth is that they can be arrested. Miranda Rights are read to a person solely to inform them of their rights at the moment of arrest. This is because once a person is being arrested they cease to have their normal rights as a free citizen. Miranda Rights, in no way, protect a person from being charged with a crime or detained by police. It is simply a script that reveals information about their rights as a person in question. The only time it is mandatory to read a person their Miranda Rights is before an interrogation or questioning.