Miranda rights

plural noun

US, law
: the legal rights of an arrested person to have an attorney and to refuse to answer questions

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Recent Examples on the Web At a court appearance Thursday, Whelpley’s attorneys argued his Fifth Amendment rights were violated when police spoke to him for seven hours at his Mounds View, Minnesota, home without reading him his Miranda rights. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 25 Jan. 2024 But attorneys for the state had argued Tellefsen’s testimony was an appropriate rebuttal to defense expert Michael O’Connell, who testified that Negroponte didn’t have a meaningful understanding of her Miranda rights because she was intoxicated. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 Comanche was taken into custody last week in Sacramento before being read his Miranda rights, speaking to Las Vegas police detectives and explaining the plot, the affidavit said. David K. Li, NBC News, 20 Dec. 2023 Despite pleadings by her attorney — this was the girl’s first offense, she’d been questioned by police without a parent or guardian present and was never read her Miranda rights — the judge granted the transfer. Meribah Knight, ProPublica, 26 Oct. 2023 On July 20, 2022, Catalano met with law enforcement after waiving his Miranda rights, according to a complaint. Melissa Alonso, CNN, 24 Oct. 2023 After being arrested and advised of his Miranda rights, Oceguera refused to talk. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 Police said Miller confessed to the crime after he was read his Miranda rights. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 While the teen opted not to say anything, the question itself violated a new Maryland law that requires police to have an attorney explain an underage defendant’s Miranda rights to them before the youth can decide whether to answer an officer’s questions or remain silent. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Legal Definition

Miranda rights

noun plural
: the rights (as the right to remain silent, to have an attorney present, and to have an attorney appointed if indigent) of which an arresting officer must advise the person being arrested see also Miranda v. Arizona

Note: A reading of the Miranda rights usually includes a warning that anything said could be used as evidence. No statements made by an arrested person or evidence obtained therefrom may be introduced at trial unless the person was advised of or validly waived these rights. A fresh reading of the Miranda rights may be required by the passage of time after the initial reading, as for example if a previously silent person begins to speak or police interrogate a person more than once.


from Miranda v. Arizona, the 1966 U.S. Supreme Court ruling establishing such rights

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