“You have the right to remain silent”-ever heard that before? Every arrest on any self-respecting cop show includes those words, but did you know that the phrase is critical to the legality of an arrest?
The phrase is the beginning of the Miranda warning, which protects American citizens and their Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights. The Constitution outlines the right not to say anything self-incriminating, and police read the Miranda warning to the person they are arresting so that person is protected from feeling forced to give information.
Despite the importance of Miranda rights in the legal procedure, many people have no idea what they are entitled to after an arrest. An arrest can be a stressful experience, and some people say things they regret, unaware of their rights. But if you learn about Miranda rights, you can safeguard your rights if you are ever arrested.
Arrested for a crime-now what?
In most cases, the courts will review your case and grant bail. Bail is collateral deposited to the courts to release a suspect from jail. The collateral-whether it be property, cash, or other items of monetary value-is returned to you when you appear in court.
There are five types of common bail bonds used in the United States. Learn more about your court-ordered bond type below.