If you’re arrested for DUI, possession of marijuana or cocaine, or possession with intent to distribute (PWID), or some other crime, and you are read your Miranda rights, it’s important to actually think about them.
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law. You have the right to speak with an attorney before questioning and have them present during questioning. If you can’t afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights that have been read to you?”
These words are not read to you because it’s something fun to say out loud. The U.S. Supreme Court determined that it was so important that these rights be read to you while you’re in custody and subject to interrogation, that they made it a requirement if the government wants to use your statement to police later on at trial.
So, if you get arrested in Charleston, SC, James Island, Folly Beach, West Ashley, North Charleston, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, or Mt. Pleasant, don’t be that person that person that has never thought about what their Miranda rights really mean.
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