Your Rights


Under the case of Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court of the United States held that you have certain constitutional rights before you are questioned by police and are in custody.

The Rights:

  1. You have the Right to Remain Silent
  2. Anything you say can be used against you.
  3. You have the right to an attorney before and during any questioning.
  4. If you cannot afford an attorney, an attorney will be appointed for you before any questioning is done.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are being questioned by the police, you should contact the Public Defender’s Office before saying anything.

Lake County Public Defender Office: 707 263 -0133 or cell 707 264 9693.  

You Have the Right to Stay Out of Jail, did you know that? If you want to learn more about your rights then follow along! Amendment IV – The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

  • Evidence level required – Zero
  • Freedom to leave – yes
  • ID required – no
  • Legal search – plain sight or consensual
  • Example: Officer knocks on door to ask if you saw anything