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Miranda rights – How to keep your mouth shut (part 3 in a series)

In the first two parts of this series, I’ve discussed the law of the Miranda rights and when the Miranda rights apply.  Now, it’s time to talk about how to invoke your rights if you choose not to talk… and you probably shouldn’t as we’ll discuss in part 4).   Who can invoke your rights? […]

Miranda rights and questioning: when it applies – part 2 of a series

In part one, I discussed what the law of the 1966 Miranda decision requires when a person is being questioned by police.  In this part, I’ll explain when the police are even required to read your rights. First – Custody The whole decision of the Miranda case dealt with custodial interrogation.  That means that the police are […]

Miranda and making a statement to police – Part 1 of a series

Miranda rights in criminal cases   This is the first part of a series I decided to write regarding the Miranda rights and talking with the police… or more importantly, NOT talking to them.   First, the law of Miranda: In 1966, the United States Supreme Court decided the now-famous Miranda decision (384 U.S. 436). […]

Caught shoplifting, but police were not called. Do I have to pay a fine?

I have been asked many times about this exact scenario.  You were caught or detained for shoplifting, but they did not call the police.  They said you’d get a letter in the mail with a fine that you had to pay.  What is that? Do you have to pay them?  Can they still call the […]

Caught shoplifting – police weren’t called. Will I face charges? Fines?

I get lots of questions about shoplifting incidents.  Many times, the question is:  “I was detained by store personnel for shoplifting, but the police weren’t called.  They made me sign some papers and let me go, telling me I would have to pay a fine.  What is going to happen?” Are the police going to […]