LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney Keith Bernard French Jr.

Do Police Have To Give A Miranda Warning When Public Safety Is In Jeopardy?

In general, the police must give you a Miranda warning–i.e., you have the right to remain silent and speak with an attorney–before questioning you. Any custodial statements made prior to giving the warning are typically inadmissible in court. But the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized a “public safety” exception to this general rule. Basically, the Court has held that strict adherence to Miranda is not required when “police officers ask questions reasonably prompted by a concern for the public safety.”

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If you are facing serious criminal charges, prosecutors will not hesitate to employ every legal tactic available to them to secure your conviction. That is why you need to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who will aggressively protect your rights in court. Contact Keith B. French Law, PLLC, today if you need to speak with a lawyer right away. This article does not constitute formal legal advice or authorize an attorney-client relationship with the reader.

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