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Know Your Miranda Rights

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Know Your Miranda Rights

Author : Mark Morales

Submitted : 2014-01-03 08:53:01    Word Count : 427    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   Miranda rights, Austin Texas attorney, Travis County Lawyer, Austin Criminal Attorney, Accused Crime, Arrested Austin, Williamson County Attorney, Georgetown Lawyer, Criminal Lawyer, Texas Lawyer

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If you are detained by police, it is important that you are well aware of your legal rights. The police are required by law to read you your Miranda rights at the time of arrest, and if they fail to do so, then the prosecutor is unable to use anything that you say against you during your trial. There are some rare exceptions to this rule, such as specific emergency situations. If you have any doubts about whether or not your case would meet the definition of an "Emergency Exception to the Miranda Rule", an experienced attorney should review your case and let you know if it is considered an emergency exception.

What Are Miranda Rights?

No matter when or where your arrest occurs, the police are required by law to read your Miranda rights to you when they arrest you. The Miranda rights are as follows (paraphrased):

* The right to remain silentAnything you say or do may be used against you in court. * The right to consult a lawyer and have them present during your questioning. * The right to have a lawyer appointed to you if you cannot afford one and desire to have one. * The right to stop an interview with a police officer at any time

If a police officer tries to force you to talk, you have the right to remain silent and not tell them anything until a lawyer is present. Sometimes police officers will try to pressure a suspect into revealing information regarding his or her guilt before their lawyer has arrived. It is imperative that you do not let them pressure you into giving up any potentially incriminating information, no matter how tough and intimidating they may be.

Silence is the Best Option

If an officer starts to interrogate you before your attorney arrives to consult with you and defend you, your best line of defense is silence. Even if you are innocent of the charges against you, you should still remain silent until your attorney arrives because you don't know how the police officers may twist your words. They might even talk you into telling them something that could be used to incriminate you in court.

Exceptions to the Rule

As with any situation, there are some exceptions to your right to remain silent. Some of these exceptions include suspicion of loitering and traffic stops. In these situations, you are expected to answer the officer's questions about why you are loitering or provide identification if you are involved in a traffic stop.

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If you or a loved one have been accused of a crime in Austin, Texas, The Law Offices of Mark Morales and Associates, P.C. is ready to help. Please call us at: 512-930-5511 or 888-349-2169 from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, or visit us online at: http://www.markmorales.com/

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