Glossary: M

Miranda Rights

In Miranda v. Arizona (1966), the Supreme Court declared that the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution affords individuals (including children) certain rights when they are in police custody and under interrogation. The warnings typically state: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.” When a person confesses to a crime or reveals other incriminating information to police while in custody, those statements can only be used against the defendant in court if s/he received Miranda warnings, understood them, and voluntarily waived those rights.