This can be a very tricky question. People always say this to us at Pak and McRae Law, LLC, “No one read me my rights.”
A lot of people think that right when you’re arrested, an officer has to read you your Miranda rights. That’s not the case because if they are not trying to get any information out of you, then they really don’t need to read you these rights.
In reality, you aren’t read your Miranda rights that often. If you are under arrest, this is when you should have these rights read to you. They should be read to you before the officer attempts get your statement about what happened in the case.
For example, let’s say you’re a subject of an investigation for a bank robbery. They take you into custody. The police officers are going to talk to you.
This is when they should read you your Miranda rights—not when they take you into custody, but when they begin to speak with you.
This is also when you should call a lawyer. If a police officer is questioning you and tells you, “You have a right to remain silent,” what does that mean? When do you remain silent and when can you answer the questions? While the police officers may seem like they are just probing for information, you could be getting yourself into more trouble than you’d like.
If you’ve been taken into custody for questioning, please, please ask for a criminal defense lawyer. Call us–we’ll come as soon as we can. If you ask for a lawyer, you are protecting yourself in more ways than you know.
To learn more about your Miranda rights and how and when they protect you, call our office near Atlanta, Georgia. Our criminal defense attorneys have experience in these matters and can fight for you through your arrest.