You have surely heard of Miranda rights. They are often included for dramatic effect in arrest scenes in movies and television shows involving police or criminal activity.
But what do you actually know about your Miranda rights? Do you know how they can aid you in tricky situations? Do you know what protections they really provide?
Remaining silent in police custody
Understanding how your Miranda rights can help you navigate through a police interview or interrogation.
First, know what your Miranda rights cover and protect in the first place. They cover two rights primarily: your right to remain silent and your right to legal counsel.
Your right to remain silent is the right most often publicized and focused on in fictional media or media representations of non-fictional events. This refers to your right not to participate in a police interrogation without legal counsel present.
Your right to legal counsel ensures that you have access to an attorney, even if you do not have the means to pay for private counsel.
Why is this helpful?
Why should you opt for this? In short, watching what you say around police and having legal guidance through the situation greatly reduces the chance of accidentally incriminating yourself. People, often incriminate themselves because they simply do not understand how properly to navigate interaction with the police.