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Do the police have to read me my rights when they arrest me?

Surprisingly the answer is no: police officers do not have to read you your rights when they arrest you. However, if police intend to use your statements against you in court, you must first have received a Miranda warning. A common police tactic is to secure an unwarned confession — that is, get you to confess before reading you your Miranda rights — and then read you your rights. Because they can what you say against you after they've read you your rights, they get you to repeat your confession. Often suspects do not realize that they are under no obligation to repeat their confession after they have been read their rights.

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David Balmer established the Balmer Law Office with one overriding goal: provide aggressive, high-caliber criminal and DWI defense for good people facing serious charges throughout the state of Minnesota. Read More

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