If I had a dollar bill for every time I heard this from a defendant, I could take a very nice vacation. A criminal defendant’s “rights,” sometimes referred to as Miranda warnings, are popularly heard in movies and on television, but are often misunderstood. This article helps explain them in some detail, but the law involving Miranda is complex and often changes. Here’s the best advice: if police want to speak to you, politely decline their request, and ask for a lawyer. It’s that simple. If you have questions about this, call my office for a consultation.