I told the police I might need a lawyer, but they kept asking questions. Can they do that?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

On TV, the police make a show of reading the Miranda Rights when they make an arrest.  However, in the real world the police officer may not read you your Miranda Rights until well after the arrest, if at all.  The reading of the Miranda Rights is only required after an arrest if they want to ask questions about the incident for which you were arrested. 

In June 2010 the US Supreme Court made a significant change to the Miranda Right rules.  They ruled that a suspect must clearly tell the police of their intent to remain silent and of their desire for an attorney.  Statements such as "I may need a lawyer" or "I'm not sure I should answer that" do not invoke a suspect's Miranda Rights.  Law Enforcement need  not stop questioning a suspect unless a clear and specific statement invoking Miranda Rights is made. 

If you feel law enforcement questioned you improperly then contact the Law Offices of Richard S Lawson to ensure your rights are protected.

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Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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