Prior to the Miranda v Arizona ruling in 1966, law enforcement could question possible suspects without their having legal counsel present. They could bully potential suspects, trick them, and do whatever else they thought was necessary to determine potential suspects’ involvement in a crime. The Miranda ruling protects people by allowing them to have legal counsel present when questioned by law enforcement regarding a crime in which they may or may not have been involved.
Summarize the Miranda Rule, including examples.
Explain exceptions to the Miranda Rule, including examples.
Develop a checklist with a series of questions to ask when assessing whether or not the Miranda Rule applies (for example, is your question a general one, such as name and date of birth? Or is it one that could make them vulnerable to prosecution?).