When dealing with the possibility of a police interrogation or interview, many people are not sure of what to do.
First and foremost, it is important to understand your Miranda rights in these situations.
Remaining silent in an interrogation
Miranda Warning discusses how your Miranda rights work in reality. Many people initially get exposure to the concept through police shows or movies, where the police always mention a suspect’s “right to remain silent”. But what does this actually mean?
In essence, when you face a police interrogation, you have the right not to speak with them or answer them in order to avoid accidentally self-incriminating. In other words, you do not have to participate in an interview and police cannot force answers out of you.
Why is this important? Because even innocent people can say things that seem suspicious or things that might lead to self-incrimination. Your Miranda rights protect you from this situation.
However, you must remember to stay silent after invoking your rights. If you speak after you invoke them, the officers can still use what you say against you.
Your right to an attorney
The other protected right involves your right to legal counsel. In short, you have the right to an attorney even if you cannot afford one. If you cannot, then the state must provide you with legal representation.
Thus, you can better navigate any interactions with the police as long as you use your right to remain silent and rely on the legal counsel provided. All in all, these rights are beneficial to anyone facing accusations.