THE MIRANDA WARNING OF YOUR RIGHTS
Before the police can question you, as a suspect, regarding the possible commission of a crime, they must read to you your Miranda Warning Rights. They must also make sure that you completely understand this warning. If they question you before they read the Miranda warning to you, all of your answers and the information you give them may not be used at trial against you.
1. You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions. Do you understand?
2. Anything you do say may be used against you in a court of law. Do you understand?
3. You have the right to consult an attorney before speaking to the police and to have an attorney present during questioning now or in the future. Do you understand?
4. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you before any questioning if you wish. Do you understand?
5. If you decide to answer questions now without an attorney present you will still have the right to stop answering at any time until you talk to an attorney. Do you understand?
6. Knowing and understanding your rights as I have explained them to you, are you willing to answer my questions without an attorney present?
It is BEST GURU’s strong advice to you that, in the event you are ever in a situation where a law enforcement officer reads you your rights, you immediately inform them that you do not wish to speak to them, or make any statements, without an attorney present. By law, at that request, they are not allowed to question you any further.
In the event you have been arrested, We suggest that you utilize the following when asked any questions by any law enforcement officer while you are in custody.
Interrogation isn’t always bright lights and rubber hoses – usually it’s just a conversation. Whenever the cops ask you anything besides your name and address, it’s legally safest to (respectfully) say these Magic Words:
“I am going to remain silent. I want to see a lawyer.”
This invokes the FIFTH AMENDMENT RIGHT which protects you from interrogation. When you say this, the cops (and all other law enforcement officials) are legally required to stop asking you questions. They probably won’t stop, so just repeat the Magic Words or remain silent until they catch on.
Remember, anything you say to the authorities can and will be used against you and your friends in court. There’s no way to predict what information the police might try to use or how they’d use it. Plus, the police often misquote or lie altogether about what was said. So say only the Magic Words and let all the cops and witnesses know that this is your policy. Make sure that when you’re arrested with other people, the rest of the group knows the Magic Words and promises to use them.
Never – ever argue with the armed police. You will not win and you may end up injured or dead. Always wait until you get into court to argue your case.