The Miranda Warning is a police warning which is given to criminal suspects who are in the custody of law enforcement in the United States before they can ask questions regarding what took place during the crime.
Law enforcement can only ask for specific information such as name, date of birth and address without having to read the suspects their Miranda warnings. Confessions and other information that you provide them will not make up admissible evidence unless you have been made aware of and waived your "Miranda rights".
The Miranda warnings were mandated by the 1966 United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Miranda v. Arizona as to protect a criminal suspect's Fifth Amendment right to help avoid self-incrimination during police interrogation. This was once referred to as undergoing the ‘third degree.’
In the video clip above, DUI lawyer William C. Head describes how he helped a young man get his case dismissed in court because the arresting officer did not read the Miranda warning to his client.
If you or a loved one was arrested recently and facing a criminal conviction, please take the time necessary to fill out a free online case evaluation to connect with a dedicated defense attorney in your local area.
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