You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say…

Anyone who has watched a crime show knows about Miranda rights.  Or do you? Did you know that you can be questioned, arrested, and convicted without ever being given your rights?   Since Miranda v. Arizona, the 1966 landmark decision, the courts have modified the requirement to give these rights.  . Now, unless a person is in actual police CUSTODY, the rights do not have to be given, and often are not. Yet a person’s statement can still be used against him/her.   A person may wish to have a lawyer present when giving a statement to be sure that the statements are clear and accurate. Often such statements are not recorded, and memories fade. Having a lawyer present can assure that an accurate record is made.   If you or a family member is to be questioned, consulting an experienced attorney can often avoid future misunderstandings.