Understanding When an Officer Must Read Subjects Their Miranda Rights

Television programs that deal with law enforcement always have that one scene where police officers read Miranda rights to someone who is being arrested. It usually goes something like, “”You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do may be used against you in the court of law…”” Then they will tell the arrested individual that they have the right to seek an attorney—and if they cannot afford one, then one will be given them by the government.

Television shows make people think that police officers always must read Miranda rights to a person. However, this is not exactly the case. There are some occasions when police officers are not required to do this.


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