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When Are You Protected by Miranda Rights?
Interviewer: Can you expand on how and when the Miranda Rights come into play when confronted by police officers, on the roadside or on the street or at home?
Answers to Questions Posed by the Police That Can Potentially Incriminate Are Protected by Miranda Rights
AZ Criminal Law Team Lawyer: That is a frequently asked question. Miranda Rights must be read anytime a police officer starts questioning a person after they have been arrested. An officer will not read Miranda Rights, and do not need to read Miranda Rights prior to the person being placed under arrest. A police officer can come up to you and question you if they think they have reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is occurring but once you’re actually under arrest, they have Mirandize you.
Is It Likely That Retaining an Attorney Can Improve the Outcome of a Criminal Case?
Interviewer: When you’re working with clients, how often are you able to get charges dropped or dismissed?
AZ Criminal Law Team Lawyer: Quite often, almost on every case, we’re able to get the charges dropped or dismissed.
Does Arizona Allow Judges to Impose Alternate Punishments for Certain Offenses?
Interviewer: Let’s talk about alternative punishments to jail that people may qualify for.
There Are Drug Treatment Programs and Diversion Programs for Drug- and Alcohol-Related Offenses
AZ Criminal Law Team Lawyer: The option of an alternate punishment depends what the crime is. If a possession of Marijuana, in Arizona, possession of Marijuana can be subject to probation mandatory. There probation mandatory for the first couple of offenses, there’s also a program called TASC that people can do when they’re charged with possession of Marijuana, which is a drug treatment program. For people charged with minor consumption of alcohol, there are often Diversion programs available as an alternative to jail.