What the Miranda Rights Actually Mean

If you have ever watched any type of cop show or movie then you have heard the famous words, “You have the right to remain silent.” To this day the Miranda Rights are recited by law enforcement at the time of arrest but what do they mean exactly and what is the point? Well, read on to find out!

What the words mean

When the law officer says “You have the right to remain silent,” what they mean is that the defendant has the right to not answer any questions they are not comfortable with until counsel is present. This way a person can’t be aggressively interrogated for information against their will and then have that information used against them in court. The other important wording in the Miranda Rights says “You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you.” What this to provide counsel to give the defendant a chance to fight for themselves in court. The type of lawyer they are talking about is called a public defender and they are a court-appointed lawyer that will defend your case at no cost.

What is the point?

Well, the Miranda Rights are really there for both the protection of the defendant as well as the law enforcement officers. It’s important for law enforcement to recite this because it covers their bases so that whatever is said can be used in a trial but at the same time it protects citizens because they know their rights and can get counsel or plead the fifth if need be.

To sum up, the Miranda rights just recite your most basic fundamental rights in regards to interrogation and being obtained. Although it is not a free pass to completely ignore any questions, it does give citizens rights as well.        


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