The privilege against self-incrimination. Hardly any other criminal law protection is as well known. But this seemingly simple concept carries limitations and qualifications. Look below for information on silence after arrest, both when officers have provided the Miranda warnings and when they haven't.
Miranda: Claiming the Right to Counsel
A suspect in police custody agrees to an interview. He answers some of the officers’ questions, then says, “Maybe I should talk to a lawyer.” The officers ask the suspect whether he’s requesting a lawyer; the suspect says no. After a short break and the officers reminding the suspect of his rights,
Criminal Arrests and Interrogations FAQ
Learn about your rights during police interrogations and arrests.