Bristol Myers


Criminal Law Austin, Texas

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What’s the best way to assert my right to remain silent if I am being questioned by the police?

If you’re taken into custody by the police, you don’t have to use any magic words to let police officers know that you want to remain silent. You can simply say nothing in response to police questions. Or, after an officer gives you a Miranda warning, you can stop the questioning by saying something like:

  • I want to talk to an attorney.
  • I won’t say anything until I talk to an attorney.
  • I don’t have anything to say.
  • I claim my Miranda rights.

If the police continue to question you after you have asserted your right to remain silent, they have violated Miranda. As a result, anything you say after that point, and any evidence gleaned from that conversation, will not be admissible at your trial.

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