What do the police say when they arrest someone?


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According to MirandaRights.org, an arresting officer advises a suspect of legal rights as stated in the Miranda warning. These rights include the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. The Miranda warning also states that if a suspect chooses to speak, anything stated can be used against the suspect in a court of law. Also, if a suspect cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed.

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What do the police say when they arrest someone?
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MirandaRights.org notes that an arresting officer asks if a suspect understands the Miranda rights, and a suspect must respond verbally; this is to ensure that a suspect understands rights afforded by the Miranda warning. Police officers do not have to Mirandize a suspect unless there is an interrogation. If a suspect chooses to exercise his right to silence, questioning must stop. Likewise, if a suspect requests an attorney, the interrogation is over until the suspect has the opportunity to confer with an attorney. Even if an arrestee invokes a right to silence, the suspect must still give his name, age and address. Miranda rights are not a required advisement when public safety is an issue, and acquired information can be used against a suspect in a court of law. Juveniles who are not in the presence of a parent or a guardian have the right to remain silent in some states.

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