If you have been arrested, police must read you your Miranda rights or any evidence obtained may be thrown out. It’s important to fully understand your rights after you have been arrested, so that you don’t make the situation worse.
Each U.S. jurisdiction has its own regulations, but the general warning is:
- You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions.
- Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law.
- You have the right to consult an attorney before speaking to the police and to have an attorney present during questioning now or in the future.
- If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you before any questioning if you wish.
- If you decide to answer questions now without an attorney present, you will still have the right to stop answering at any time until you talk to an attorney.
- Knowing and understanding your rights as I have explained them to you, are you willing to answer my questions without an attorney present?
In Border States like Arizona, the following is added for suspects who are not U.S. citizens:
If you are not a United States citizen, you may contact your country’s consulate prior to any questioning.
No matter what the police may say or how strongly you want to defend yourself, you should remain quiet. You do not have to answer any questions without an attorney and once you have asked for one, police are not allowed to ask you further questions until they arrive. If you are looking for reliable, experienced representation, call Tyler Allen Law Firm today at (602) 456-0545.
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