08 Jul Brief Overview of the Miranda Rights
The Miranda Rights are a set of rights read to each person upon his or her arrest. These rights inform them that they have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. It is likely you have heard these rights read in a TV show or movie. Reading the Miranda Rights to all arrestees is standard procedure so they know how to properly protect themselves in these situations.
The Miranda Rights stemmed from a case where the defendant, whose last name was Miranda, admitted guilt to a crime. However, it was later found that Miranda was not aware he did not have to answer the police officer’s questions or that he could have an attorney. It was a forced confession. So to prevent this mishap from occurring in the future, the Miranda Rights were formalized.
There can be problems if someone is arrested, but not read their Miranda Rights.
If your loved one has been arrested, make sure he or she is aware of these rights. On top of the Miranda Rights, your loved one likely has the right to bail, as long as the judge did not deny bail.