Miranda Rights Presented to Non-English Speaker

Question: How are Miranda rights read or presented to a suspect who does not speak English?

Answer: The answer to that question will depend somewhat on the policy of the specific department that is making the arrest. In most instances, the police will attempt to obtain an interpreter so that the person can appropriately understand the rights that they are waiving by giving their answer. It would seem that an interpreter would be necessary in order for any questioning to occur in the first place. So, certainly the interpreter would be available to translate the Miranda rights themselves. Otherwise, it would be an exercise in futility because any questions answered would be answered in the native language, presumably, and the police wouldn’t understand them otherwise.

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