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  • As anyone who watches television police shows knows, people who have been arrested have a right to remain silent and a right to an attorney; the Miranda Rights warnings are meant to make sure that they know about those rights. Were your Miranda rights violated?" In many cases, that's a question only the courts can answer.

                                    What the Miranda Rights Say. (Your Right of Silence)                             
    • The exact wording of the "Miranda Rights" statement is not specified in the Supreme Court's historic decision. Instead, law enforcement agencies have created a basic set of simple statements that can be read to accused persons prior to any questioning.

      Here are paraphrased examples of the basic "Miranda Rights" statements, along with related excerpts from the Supreme Court's decision.

              You have the right to remain silent.

    • The Court: "At the outset, if a person in custody is to be subjected to interrogation, he must first be informed in clear and unequivocal terms that he has the right to remain silent."

              Anything you say can be used against you in a court of law.

    • The Court: "The warning of the right to remain silent must be accompanied by the explanation that anything said can and will be used against the individual in court."

              You have the right to have an attorney present now and during any future questioning.

    • The Court: " the right to have counsel present at the interrogation is indispensable to the protection of the Fifth Amendment privilege under the system we delineate today. [Accordingly] we hold that an individual held for interrogation must be clearly informed that he has the right to consult with a lawyer and to have the lawyer with him during interrogation under the system for protecting the privilege we delineate today."

              If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you free of charge if you wish.

    • The Court: "In order fully to apprise a person interrogated of the extent of his rights under this system then, it is necessary to warn him not only that he has the right to consult with an attorney, but also that if he is indigent a lawyer will be appointed to represent him. Without this additional warning, the admonition of the right to consult with counsel would often be understood as meaning only that he can consult with a lawyer if he has one or has the funds to obtain one. The Court continues by declaring what the police must do if the person being interrogated indicates that he or she does want a lawyer.


    • "If the individual states that he wants an attorney, the interrogation must cease until an attorney is present. At that time, the individual must have an opportunity to confer with the attorney and to have him present during any subsequent questioning. If the individual cannot obtain an attorney and he indicates that he wants one before speaking to police, they must respect his decision to remain silent."

    Q & A's concerning Miranda rights warnings and law enforcement procedures

    Q. At what point are police required to inform a suspect of their Miranda rights?

    A. After a person has officially been taken into custody (detained by police), but before any interrogation takes place, police must inform them of their right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning. A person is considered to be "in custody" anytime they are placed in an environment in which they do not believe they are free to leave.

    Q. Can police question a person without reading them their Miranda rights?

    A. Yes. The Miranda warnings must be read only before questioning a person who has been taken into custody.

    Q. Can police arrest or detain a person without reading them their Miranda rights?

    A. Yes, but until the person has been informed of his or her Miranda rights, any statements made by them during interrogation may be ruled inadmissible in court.

    Q. Does Miranda apply to all incriminating statements made to police?

    A. No. Miranda does not apply to statements a person makes before they are arrested. Similarly, Miranda does not apply to statements made "spontaneously," or to statements made after the Miranda warnings have been given.

    Q. If you first say you don't want a lawyer, can you still demand one during questioning?

    A. Yes. A person being questioned by the police can terminate the interrogation at any time by asking for an attorney and stating that he or she declines to answer further questions until an attorney is present. However, any statements made up until that point during the interrogation may be used in court.

    Q. Can the police really "help out" or reduce the sentences of suspects who confess during questioning?

    A. No. Once a person has been arrested, the police have no control over how the legal system treats them. Criminal charges and sentencing are totally up to the prosecutors and the judge.

    WASHINGTON — Want to invoke your right to remain silent? You'll have to speak up.

    In a narrowly split decision, the Supreme Court's conservative majority expanded its limits on the famous Miranda rights for criminal suspects on Tuesday – over the dissent of new Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who said the ruling turned Americans' rights of protection from police abuse "upside down."

    A right to remain silent and a right to a lawyer are at the top of the warnings that police recite to suspects during arrests and interrogations. But Tuesday's majority said that suspects must break their silence and tell police they are going to remain quiet to stop an interrogation, just as they must tell police that they want a lawyer.

    This decision means that police can keep shooting questions at a suspect who refuses to talk as long as they want in hopes that the person will crack and give them some information, said Richard Friedman, a University of Michigan law professor.

    "It's a little bit less restraint that the officers have to show," Friedman said.

    The ruling comes in a case in which a suspect, Van Chester Thompkins, remained mostly silent for a three-hour police interrogation before implicating himself in a Jan. 10, 2000, murder in Southfield, Mich. He appealed his conviction, saying he had invoked his Miranda right to remain silent by remaining silent.

    Kennedy, writing the decision for the court's conservatives, said that wasn't enough.

    "Thompkins did not say that he wanted to remain silent or that he did not want to talk to police," Kennedy said. "Had he made either of these simple, unambiguous statements, he would have invoked his 'right to cut off questioning.' Here he did neither, so he did not invoke his right to remain silent."

    UPDATE!!!  Very Recent Supreme Court Decision.....Must read

    Supreme Court Miranda Ruling: Suspects MUST Explicitly Tell Police They Want To Remain Silent

    JESSE J. HOLLAND | 06/01/2010
      | AP

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    "You just received a call in the middle of the night and you found out that one of your family members are in jail. How do you find out about a person that's in jail? It is going to vary from state to state and municipality to municipality but if you're not sure what jail the person is located in, you may need to conduct a county jail inmate search.  Once  you have an idea of the identity of the jail, where this individual is located, you may call that jail or you may access that jail by the Internet and if that person has been booked, within the last twenty-four hours from the time of your call, you way want to talk to the booking department because they will have the most knowledge. After twenty-four hours then, generally, there is a specific department of the jail that will deal with your questions. You want to find out what that person's charged with, how long they're expected to be in and possible bail. 

    There are a number of reasons why you may need to reach a person who is incarcerated or you may be curious if someone that you know is currently being held. Whatever your reason, the link above can assist  you with finding out if a particular person is incarcerated in a county jail or holding facility.

    Getting Arrested Checklist: Have My Rights Been Violated?

    Persons accused of committing a crime have a series of rights, some of which are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and some of which are guaranteed for other reasons. If you have been accused of a crime, how can you know if your rights have been violated? While an experienced criminal law attorney can answer that question, the following checklist of rights may also provide you with guidance.


    I was allowed to remain silent: One of the most important rights of a person accused of a crime is the right to remain silent. You cannot be forced to divulge information to the police. This right stems from the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. In other words, you are not required to prove your case for the police. They are responsible for developing the evidence to prove you have in fact committed a crime. The right to remain silent was confirmed in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona. If you attempted to remain silent in the face of police questioning, and were coerced or forced into speaking, your rights have been violated.


    I was told that anything I chose to say can be used against me: The police must inform you that if you chose to speak, "anything you do say may be used against you in a court of law." If you were told that you had the right to remain silent, but were not informed of the consequences of choosing to speak, your rights may have been violated.


    I was allowed to have an attorney present when I requested one: Another absolute right of a person under arrest for a crime is the right to have an attorney present during questioning and the right to have counsel during any trial. If you requested an attorney during questioning, and the police denied you that request, your rights may have been violated.


    I was not asked questions while my attorney was absent: Once you request the assistance of an attorney, the police are prohibited from questioning you later without your attorney. In other words, you have the right to have an attorney present during the first, and any subsequent, talks with the police.


    I was not forced to pay for my attorney?s services: Just as you are entitled to have an attorney, you are also entitled to a state-paid and appointed attorney if you can not afford your own attorney per a state's or county's guidelines. If you fall within this category, you will be assigned a public defender to represent you.


    Although I initially didn?t ask for an attorney, when I asked for one later in my questioning, questioning stopped and didn't start again until my attorney arrived: In many situations, criminal suspects may have false confidence that they can handle the matter on their own, without the assistance of an attorney. A criminal suspect who decides to answer police questions without an attorney present still has the right to ask for an attorney at any later point. Once a suspect asks for an attorney, all questioning must stop until the attorney arrives.


    I was treated humanely: Unfortunately, police brutality and unfair treatment continue to occur in the United States. A criminal suspect is entitled to humane treatment, no matter how heinous the alleged crime. If you were not treated humanely, for instance if you were deprived of food and water or if you were beaten either during police questioning or while in a holding cell, your rights may have been violated.


    I was not held unfairly: The government cannot hold you for an extended period of time without charging you with a crime. For instance, if you are placed in a holding cell under suspicion of murder, the government must officially charge you with that crime within a specified period of time. In some states, a charge must be brought within forty-eight hours; in other states the time limit is different. If you have been held without being charged for longer than the legal amount of time, your rights may have been violated.


    I was not treated as guilty before convicted: Criminal suspects being held in jail awaiting trial may not be treated as guilty individuals before they have actually been convicted, no matter how strong the evidence is against them. The cornerstone of the U.S. criminal justice system is the belief that all people are innocent until proven guilty. If you were punished or treated unfairly while awaiting trial, your rights may have been violated.


    I was given a speedy trial: You are also entitled to what is called a "speedy trial." In other words, once you are charged the government cannot purposefully drag its feet and wait to commence a trial against you. If it does, your rights may have been violated.


    I was not subjected to "cruel and unusual punishment" while imprisoned: The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that prisoners must be free from "cruel and unusual punishment." Once you have been convicted of a crime and incarcerated, you must be treated in a manner that does not constitute "cruel and unusual" punishment. Therefore, any punishment that can be considered inhumane treatment or which violates the basic concept of a person?s dignity may be found to be cruel and unusual. For example, your rights may have been violated if you were given only dirty water to drink while incarcerated, or if the condition of your cell was unsanitary.



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