Understanding your Miranda rights can help you in court

If you watch any police drama on television, you have probably heard the Miranda Rights spoken, though you may not have even known it. The Miranda Rights are part of the United States Constitution, and these rights protect Americans against self-incrimination. What exactly does that mean?

In 1963 in Phoenix, Arizona an 18-year-old woman was abducted and raped in the desert. Police authorities eventually found a suspect, Ernesto Miranda. Miranda was interrogated and through the interview confessed to the crimes. He later recanted on the confession, claiming that he was never told he did not have to say anything at all. He was convicted anyway.

The American Civil Liberties Union heard about the case and offered to get him an appeal. The appeal was granted and the United States Supreme Court ultimately dropped the charges, stating that yes his rights were violated.

You see, whether you are in Worcester, Massachusetts or anywhere throughout the country, if you are arrested, "you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you." If you have not been given your Miranda Rights during the course of an arrest, you may be able to have the charges dropped.

When facing any type of criminal charges, if you believe that your rights were violated during the process of the arrest, you may be able to have your charges dropped. This is not easy however; it might be in your best interests to reach out to a law firm familiar with criminal law to discuss your situation and determine whether that is a viable option.

Source: History.com, "1966 - The Miranda Rights are established," Accessed on July 14, 2017

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