If you have ever been arrested, then you have been read your Miranda rights. While the statement is relatively short, it informs you of the rights that you have under United States law. Unfortunately, many people are too upset to pay much attention to them then. Here are the rights that you have under the Miranda.
You Have the Right to Remain Silent
While it may be tough to remain silent, you have the right to do so. This protects you against making self-incriminating comments in the heat of the moment. Yet, according to an article published in American Psychologists, over 31 percent of Americans feel that remaining quiet makes them look guilty. The law does not allow anyone to draw any inferences from the fact that you refuse to say anything.
Anything You Say Can Be Used Against You in a Court of Law
If you give up your right to remain silent, then anything that you say can be used against you in court. Remember that the Miranda Warning can be used in all types of cases. Therefore, if an officer asks you if you are OK at the scene of an accident, and after the shock wears off, you discover that you are injured, your statement at the scene can be used against you. Therefore, remember to keep your mouth shut which can be easier said than done.
You Have the Right to an Attorney
The Miranda Warning says that you have the right to an attorney. This right is also guaranteed under the United States Constitution. An attorney like Utah attorney Rex B. Bushman can assist you in many different ways. They can assist you in understanding what may happen during each part of your case. They can also make sure that your constitutional rights are not violated. If you decide to try to get a plea bargain, then they can your negotiator. Finally, an attorney can investigate your case allowing all important facts to come out in court.
If You Cannot Afford One, Then One Will Be Appointed for You
Utah lawmakers have given the responsibility for public defenders to each county. Therefore, the quality of legal representation differs across the state. Across the state, cases from each county are assigned to private attorneys with many carrying very large caseloads. Therefore, it is often difficult to get good representation from a public defender.
If it had not been for attorneys fighting for the rights of immigrant Ernesto Miranda all the way to the Supreme Court, then you might not have these rights if you find yourself in trouble. If you need our help, then we stand ready to assist you.