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DO YOU KNOW YOUR RIGHTS?

 

Many people are not prepared to be arrested, but it is important to know your rights in the case that you or someone you know ever are. In Florida, when an officer takes you into custody, they are required to introduce themselves and tell you why you are being arrested. If they do not do that, your legal rights are being violated.

You have probably seen the Miranda Rights recited on TV and in movies countless times, but do you actually know what they mean? They are the rights that you do have when being arrested, rights that can save you a lot of grief in the long run.

In Florida, an officer should have a warrant for your arrest, unless an officer has good reason to believe a felony has occurred or if they saw a misdemeanor committed themselves. Otherwise, you are under no police obligation after detention unless you are being arrested.

Once you have been arrested, you have a right to know the crimes you committed, who the police officers are that arrested you, and an attorney. However, all constitutional rights are waived. During police questioning, it is wisest to stay silent or to consult with your attorney beforehand.

Knowing your rights can help you in a situation like this, so it is best to be prepared. Knowing your legal rights is the perfect preparation that may end up saving your quality of life.


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