When do the police have to read me my rights in Florida?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

The police are required to read you your rights when you are being subjected to what’s called a custodial interrogation. While many people associate having your rights read with being formally arrested, that is not what is actually required. There’s a higher standard that requires, even if you’ve not formally been arrested, that if the police are asking you questions at a point and time when you are the subject of a criminal investigation and a reasonable person faced with the facts and circumstances that you are faced with would not feel like they were free to leave, the police are required to read you your rights. If the police have not read you your rights, you need to consult with a lawyer and figure out whether or not you have any defenses or motions that might need to be filed relative to suppressing your statements if any are given to the police.