KNOW YOUR MIRANDA RIGHTS
The prosecution may not use statements from a suspect gathered from custodial interrogation, when the arresting authorities did not follow legal procedure to protect against self-incrimination. In other words, police must read a suspect his or her Miranda rights before any statements can be used against the suspect in a court of law.
Most Americans probably could recite the Miranda warnings. That is a good thing. These rights are essential to ensuring that the accused know that they do not have to incriminate themselves. Before questioning of a suspect begins, the accused must be warned that:
- He or she has the right to remain silent.
- Any statement he or she does make may be used as evidence against him or her.
- He or she has a right to consult with an attorney and to have an attorney with him or her during interrogation.
- If he or she cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed at public expense.
I am Chris W. Blaylock, a criminal defense lawyer in Santa Monica. I defend clients in both Los Angeles and Santa Monica. If you have been charged with a crime and you believe that you were not read your rights, do not hesitate to contact my defense firm, the Law Offices of C.W. Blaylock. I can help you with your case by aggressively pursuing all exculpatory evidence that may exist.