Miranda v. Arizona Decided 45 years ago today
Almost everyone knows about your “Miranda rights”. The warnings an officer is supposed to give you when you are arrested. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote the opinion for the 5 Justice majority. The upshot is that the police must inform you of your rights if you are arrested for a crime. If they fail to do so, any statements you make in repsonse to thier questions should be inadmissable in court.
The hard part seems to be exercising those rights. If you are under arrest, the only thing you should say to the officer is, ” I want to talk to a lawyer.”