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Q. Are the police required to read me my rights?
Civil Rights/Arrest/Police Misconduct Questions
A. If you are in custody and undergoing interrogation, the police or any government agent are required to give you the Miranda warning, i.e., you have the right to remain silent, etc. However, if you are not in custody – that is, you are free to leave–no warning is required. Any incriminating information you provide to the police may be used against you. The best approach, if you are free to go, is to say nothing and simply walk away. After leaving, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to assess the situation.


Atty. John A. Birdsall
Birdsall Law Offices SC
135 W Wells St Ste 214
Milwaukee, WI 53203-1807

Phone: (414) 831-5465
Fax: (414) 831-5468
Email: jbirdsall@birdsall-law.com

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