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What are my rights?

Most people have heard of the Miranda Warnings.  The Miranda Warnings are one of the few accurate pieces of information about the law that any person receives from television and movies.  The Miranda Warnings are an accurate statement of the rights of all citizens of the United States when confronted by police officers.  They are:

  • You have the right to remain silent
  • Anything you say can be and will be used against you in a court of law
  • You have the right to an attorney and to have that attorney present during any police questioning
  • If you cannot afford an attorney, the Court will appoint an attorney for you
  • If you choose to start answering questions from the police, you have the right to refuse to answer or to stop answering questions at any time and to ask for attorney at any time

All citizens of this country and the state of South Carolina have the right to remain silent.  That means that an individual can refuse to answer a police officer’s questions.  Police officers often use deceptive, deceitful, and coercive practices in order to force or entice persons whom they are investigating to answer questions.  All citizens should be mindful that they have a right to refuse to answer questions and the Harris Law Firm generally recommends that all individuals who are confronted by officers, respectfully decline to answer questions and to insist upon their right to remain silent.