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Know Your Rights

Miranda Rights

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 12:50 AM

If you ever find yourself in trouble with the law you need to know your legal rights!  People get arrested all the time and, because they don't know their legal rights, they end up making a bad situation worse. Knowing the follow can and will save you a lot of trouble:

At the very minimum YOU HAVE THE RIGHT:

TO REMAIN SILENT (This means that you DON’T TALK TO POLICE, no matter how scared, upset, or mad you are OR how pushy, scary, friendly, etc., that they are).

TO AN ATTORNEY (This means even if you can’t afford a lawyer one will be appointed to you by the Court).

Knowing these basic rights are often the difference in how your case will be adjudicated.

Only give police basic information i.e. Your name, driver’s license, Registration and insurance (if you stopped in a vehicle). The officer stopped you so she or he should be the one talking.

If they ask more probing questions, ask them if you are free to go. If the answer is yes, then leave. If the answer is no immediately tell them that you are invoking your constitutional right to remain silent and do just that.

Remember, and I can’t stress this enough, the POLICE ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND! Ask yourself, would your friend take away your freedom? Would your friend place you in handcuffs and take you to jail? Would your friend try to get you to incriminate yourself? Of course they wouldn't.

 

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