As an American, you are most likely aware of your Miranda rights. Television shows and movies made it possible for a lot of people to know all about the protocol when getting arrested. However, most people only know one line of the Miranda warning, and that is to have the right to keep silent, and everything you say can be used against you.

Although the previous lines are imperative, they are only a part of your rights. You should also know that you can ask for your lawyer to be present while being questioned by authorities. Someone will be provided for you if you don’t have one. It is not only to know what is in your Miranda rights because understanding when you should enforce your right and when it should be recited to you will help you avoid trouble and make your case worse.

Everyone is very familiar when Miranda rights should be required. What most people don’t know is that there are still circumstances where it cannot be applied. For a police to issue you a Miranda warning, you should be in custody and under interrogation for the allegations made against you.

However, if you are not arrested formally and in police custody or being interrogated by an officer, they can’t give you a Miranda warning. This situation means that anything you say can be used against you in a trial. Remember that if an officer wants to question you and use your answers as a shred of evidence for your trial, he or she must read your Miranda rights to you first. If you want to avoid any more complications, keep your calm and don’t make hasty statements.

The first thing that might come to your mind when being arrested is to panic. People tend to give in to getting provoked when arrested which will only get you into more trouble. By knowing what your Miranda rights are and when you can use them can make things easier for you. Remember to be polite and to keep your cool to solve things quickly.  If you maintain your rights and your innocence, you will be able to get out of the arresting process much easier, which can only lead to increased happiness.