Understanding Miranda Rights 2017-03-31T13:54:55+00:00

An Attorney With A Thorough Knowledge Of Your Constitutional Rights

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used in a court of law …” Everyone is familiar with these Miranda rights, particularly because of their widespread use on TV.

Miranda warnings, as they are also referred to, are fundamental constitutional rights and police officers are required to recite these rights to every suspect in police custody before an interrogation begins to prevent suspects from self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment.

Why Wasn’t I Read My Miranda Rights?

Many people often believe that they should’ve been read their rights. However, it’s important to understand that there are specific situations in which individuals are entitled to be read their rights.

Under the law, the warnings must be recited ONLY IF a person is actually in custody and isn’t free to leave — and custody can mean different things.

A suspect who is arrested and taken to the station is clearly in custody. But what about drivers who are pulled over for a traffic violation? How about those who are questioned at the scene of a crime?

Unfortunately, there are so many areas that are unclear.

Hiring an attorney who can determine whether you were in fact in custody and should’ve been read your rights is recommended.

Looking For Answers To Your Specific Situation? Call My Office.

I am criminal defense lawyer Jacob Stidham and criminal law is the only area of law I practice. With extensive knowledge in this area of law, I know the Fifth Amendment rights and your rights under the Fourth Amendment protections against illegal searches and seizures — inside and out.

Contact my office to talk to me about your situation in greater detail. If police should’ve given you your Miranda rights and didn’t, the statements made to them cannot be used against you in court.

Call 470-338-5911 or send me an email.