Miranda rights

Definition of Miranda rights

US, law

  1. :  the legal rights of an arrested person to have an attorney and to refuse to answer questions

Word by Word Definitions

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  1. :  righteous, upright

    :  being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper

    :  conforming to facts or truth :  correct

  1. :  qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval

    :  something to which one has a just claim: such as

    :  the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled

  1. :  according to right

    :  in the exact location, position, or moment :  precisely

    :  in a suitable, proper, or desired manner

  1. :  to do justice to :  redress the injuries of

    :  justify, vindicate

    :  avenge


Law Dictionary

Miranda rights

noun plural

Legal Definition of Miranda rights

  1. :  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

Additional Notes on miranda rights

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.

Origin and Etymology of miranda rights

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


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