What Are My Rights If Arrested?

A person being arrested

Know Your Rights

If you are ever arrested, it is crucial to know your rights. The Miranda Rights are a series of statements that are read to a person who is in police custody. These rights protect the individual from self-incrimination and ensure that they have the opportunity to contact an attorney. If you are arrested, remain calm and remember your rights.

Right to Remain Silent

You have the right to remain silent when questioned by law enforcement. This means you do not have to answer any questions about what happened. If you do say something, it can be used against you in court. This right gives you the ability to avoid self-incrimination.

Right to an Attorney

You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint an attorney for you.

The Miranda Warning

The Miranda warning is what law enforcement must tell you before they can question you about a crime. The officer must tell you that anything you say can be used against you in a court of law and that you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney present during questioning.

If You are Arrested

If you are arrested, the police are required to read your Miranda rights. Once you have been read your Miranda rights, you can choose to answer questions or remain silent. You should always remain silent. However, if you do choose to answer questions, know that you can stop the questioning at any time.

Make One Call to Protect Your Rights

If you are arrested, your smartest move is to call a criminal defense attorney. An experienced attorney will be able to protect your rights and ensure that you are treated fairly under the law. Do not try to handle your case on your own; an attorney will know what to do and what questions to ask.


Facing charges is frightening, but know that making one call to The Criminal Defense Team is all you need to achieve your best defense. Learn more about how we can help or schedule your case review by calling (317) 565-2221 or by visiting our website.

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