One of the common urban myths deals with Miranda warnings. Do the police actually have to give you a Miranda warning before they arrest you? The long answer is yes, if they intend on questioning you. The short and succinct answer is no. They can actually arrest you, they can detain you, but before they talk to you, they need to give you a Miranda warning.

The fact that they didn’t give you a Miranda warning is not going to vitiate or, basically, destroy the actual basis for the arrest; however it may give us the opportunity to eliminate any statements that you gave to the police. I again would caution you relative to speaking to the police without an attorney present.

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