Your Miranda Rights

The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution prevents the government from compelling someone to be a witness against themselves in a criminal case. In a case out of Arizona, “Miranda” warnings were established to protect people from coercive pressures of police custodial interrogation. The safeguards provided by these warnings apply only if you are in custody and being interrogated. The police have to advise you that you have the right to have a criminal defense lawyer present before you are questioned.

In DUI cases in Jacksonville, when the police ask you to perform field sobriety exercises, the police read you your rights, which include the right to have a lawyer present before going any further. Even though JSO tells you this, they will not allow you to call a lawyer at that point in the DUI. A Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer could analyze when and where the questions were asked to determine if your rights were violated.