Serving Northern New York Since 1876

Miranda Rights

Your “Miranda rights” that resulted from the United States Supreme Court ruling in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 86 S.Ct. 1602 (1966), are as follows:

  • 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 talk to a lawyer and have a lawyer present with you during questioning;
  • If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you if you so desire;
  • If you do choose to talk to the police, you have the right to end the interview at any time.


  • Your Miranda rights only have to be read before “custodial interrogation,” and not every conversation between police and a suspect will meet that definition.

  • If a statement is taken from you in violation of your Miranda rights, the statement may be the subject of a suppression hearing, and if successful, may be excluded as evidence against you at subsequent hearings. However, the charges are not automatically dismissed.


You have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
You have an absolute right not to incriminate yourself by not saying anything.


Watertown Office

407 Sherman Street
Watertown NY 13601
Phone: (315) 788-5100
Fax: (315) 788-3463


Canton Office

2 Judson Street
Canton NY 13617
Phone: (315) 386-8544
Fax: (315) 379-0126