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March 31, 2016

Know Your Rights: The Truth Behind Miranda Warnings

Under Miranda, before questioning suspects in custody, law enforcement officials must inform suspects that: (1) they have the right to remain silent; (2) their statements may be used against them at trial; (3) they have the right to the presence of an attorney during questioning; and (4) if they cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for them. There are no other additional warnings required under the rule. Generally speaking, Miranda warnings are not required where the individual makes statements during a consensual encounter. Miranda warnings are only required when an individual [...]

December 10, 2015

Arrested In Florida? Know The Procedure And What Happens Next

No matter the circumstance, each and every criminal case will begin with an arrest. An arrest can either be an actual physical arrest, i.e. where you are put in handcuffs and taken down to the county jail, or an officer may decide to issue a Notice to Appear in Court rather than do an actual physical arrest. When an officer does an actual physical arrest, you will be taken to a jail facility and will be processed and booked, i.e. searched, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. You may first be taken to a holding facility or a substation before actually reaching the county jail. Once [...]