Miranda Rights turn 48 this week

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

Friday will mark the 48th anniversary of an United States Supreme Court decision that many legal experts describe as one of the most significant in history. That decision came from the case of Miranda v. Arizona.

The Miranda Warning, or Miranda Rights as they are oftentimes called, are a set of constitutional rights many of us have heard many times, given the frequent use of them on film and reality television.

Generally speaking, these rights are required under the constitution to be given to individuals in police custody before they can be lawfully questioned or interrogated.

Though these rights are known to many of us, they can be difficult to recall when put on the spot, which is part of the reason area attorneys say it is important for them be communicated the moment they become relevant.

“When you start to read those rights to an individual, then that makes it real because they may believe this officer is being nice to me here and he is just wanting to have a conversation with me, and they don't realize they're walking themselves into a penitentiary,” says David A. Johnson, attorney with the Law Office of David A. Johnson in Hazard.

The Miranda v. Arizona decision was handed down on June 13, 1966.

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