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Miranda Rights in New Jersey | What You Should Know

If you are unsure about whether or not your Miranda Rights have been violated in New Jersey, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to speak with an experienced Bergen County criminal defense attorney. Our legal team is on your side.

What are Miranda Rights?

Keep in mind that in the state of New Jersey, police officers are not actually required by law to read your Miranda Rights at the time of your arrest. Yet, Miranda Rights must be read once you are taken into custody and the police want to question you about the crime. It is recommended that our clients never speak about an alleged crime until they have legal counsel present. The courts have determined that the police are allowed to use certain techniques while interviewing suspects. These tactics can be used to play on your emotions during an overwhelming situation and can cause you to make incriminating remarks. By using your Miranda Rights, you are able to put a stop to these interrogations immediately.

Your Miranda Rights include the following:

  • You have the right to remain silent;
  • Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law;
  • You have a right to an attorney;
  • If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed for you.

If you have any additional questions regarding your Miranda Rights in the state of New Jersey, reach out to our reliable firm today.

What if a police officer fails to read my Miranda rights?

Miranda rights are exercised when an officer intends to interrogate the suspect in custody. If the officer does not plan to question a confined person, they do not necessarily have to read them their Miranda rights at the time of the arrest. Instead, if a police officer decides to question the individual after, he or she may read the suspect their rights before the questioning. The timing of when the rights are read can suggest if there was a violation and if there would be any penalties.

What steps should I take if I was arrested and not read my Rights?

If you have been arrested for any reason, you need the aid and representation of a criminal defense attorney. A skilled criminal defense attorney can help decide if there was any violation by a police officer by not reading your rights.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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