Our Miranda Rights - Everything about Miranda Rights by Dr.Bethel Erastus-Obilo



Miranda represents a legal doctrine of civil rights designed to protect the citizen from overzealous police action that may deprive the suspect of basic constitutional protection.

It is enforced as a rule by the courts in order to ensure that there is no abuse of process by the state. The "Miranda rule is a procedural safeguard mandated by the Supreme Court as a specific set of warnings that must be given to an individual who is in custody and subject to interrogation".8

Note Point: The court identified three basic rights available to a suspect upon arrest as follows:

•  The right to silence and the warning that anything said can be used as evidence against the suspect in a court of law

•  The right to have an attorney present during questioning and

•  The right to have an attorney appointed if the suspect cannot afford one

8 Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S 436 (1966).

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