What Happens if a Defendant Isn’t Read Their Miranda Rights?

When a defendant is arrested on criminal charges and put in police custody, the police have an obligation to inform them of some of their fundamental rights. These rights, also known as Miranda rights, protect defendants from certain police abuses that could lead to self-incrimination or an unfair trial. However, should an arresting police officer fail to read a person in the officer’s custody their rights, it will have certain effects, usually for the benefit of the arrested person.

The Effects of Not Being Read Your Rights

Defendants who aren’t read their Miranda rights and are within the custody of the police may have had their rights violated. As a result, they may be entitled to cite this wrongdoing to make up for this mistreatment. If a defendant can prove that they weren’t adequately read their rights, the following may occur:

  • Any voluntary confessions may be rendered invalid
  • Any information gathered through police interrogation may be rendered invalid
  • Any physical evidence gathered as a result of police interrogation may be rendered invalid

These legal protections can help defendants maintain fairness in their criminal trial and reduce the effects of police abuses during interrogations.

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If you’re facing criminal charges and are looking to discuss your defense options with an experienced legal defender, our team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help you. To learn more about how to protect yourself from abuses in the legal system and how to prepare a defense against the charges you are facing, call (214) 845-7007.


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