If you’ve ever watched an episode of “Law and Order” or “Cops,” you probably know that the police are supposed to read someone their rights when they get arrested. You may also know that these are called your Miranda rights. They’re called Miranda rights because they came out of a famous Supreme Court case called Miranda v. Arizona. In that case, the United States Supreme Court made a law that requires that each person must be informed about his or her 5th Amendment rights.
There are several parts to a proper reading of your Miranda rights in Arkansas:
Once you are read these Miranda rights, you need to be very, very careful about what you say. No matter how good you are, you aren’t going to talk yourself out of a pair of handcuffs. All that you need to say is “I want to speak to a criminal defense lawyer.” Anything else is just asking for trouble. Even if you have to go to the bathroom, make sure you ask for a lawyer first. Once you ask for a lawyer, the questions should stop. If they don’t, those questions won’t be able to be used against you..
Again, the best thing you can do is ask for a lawyer and be quiet. If you did say something, it is all the more important that you call a criminal defense lawyer. He or she will be able to determine whether you were given your proper Miranda warnings. If you weren’t, he or she might still be able to get your statements thrown out.