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Does your teenager know their Miranda Rights?

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Navigating the legal landscape can be daunting, especially for teenagers who may not fully understand their rights when interacting with law enforcement.

As a parent to a teenager, you should try to make sure that they understand their civil liberties, especially their Miranda Rights. This way, you can empower your adolescent to handle legal situations confidently.

Miranda Rights

Miranda Rights, named after the landmark Miranda v. Arizona case, are constitutional rights read to individuals in custody to safeguard against self-incrimination. These rights include:

  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to legal counsel
  • The warning that anything said can be used against them in court

Teenagers often underestimate the power of remaining silent. Therefore, you should emphasize to your teenager that they have the right to withhold information until you arrive to offer the parental support they need, ideally alongside a lawyer. This simple act can prevent self-incrimination and protect their case.

Also, remind your teen that they can request you to come to their aid during police questioning even if they have not been arrested. This right helps ensure that they have adult guidance throughout the legal process.

Teaching teens about Miranda Rights

Parents can play a crucial role in educating their teenagers about Miranda Rights. Open communication and discussing hypothetical scenarios can prepare teens for potential encounters with law enforcement.

Teens often encounter law enforcement during routine traffic stops. Advise them to stay calm, provide necessary documents and exercise their right to remain silent if the questioning veers into potentially self-incriminating territory.

In a school setting, teenagers may face questioning by school authorities or resource officers. Try to make sure they understand when Miranda Rights comes into play, and encourage them to request you to come to be with them if they are being subjected to questioning.

Knowing their Miranda Rights is an essential aspect of teenagers’ legal education. By fostering open communication, you can equip your teenager with the knowledge needed to navigate legal interactions successfully.