City and Borough of Juneau
155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
tel. 907-586-5240
fax 907-586-5385
http://www.juneau.org

If you can read this, your browser is not style sheet compliant. If you are using an ADA browser, continue on for information and menu links.For more information regarding the City and Borough Juneau's new website design, click [here].

How Do I...

Appeal a Citation Get My Impounded Vehicle File an Online Police Report Apply for Employment Request A Police Report Compliments/Complaints Contact Us

JPD Menu

People of Interest

Felony Theft - ShopliftingEntire List

Juneau Police Department

Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"


Q. Do patrol officers have to read someone his or her Miranda rights when a person is arrested?


Dear Juneau Resident,

The area of Miranda rights is one of the areas where television has led people astray. Real police officers, at least in Juneau, don't handcuff someone and recite Miranda rights as the person is led to a car. Of course there might be some circumstance where that would be appropriate but it would be rare.

Someone is entitled to be advised of his or her Miranda rights only if in custody and being questioned as a suspect in a crime. In real life, most people are questioned as part of the investigation, when the officer is trying to figure out what happened. Most people who are arrested do not go on to in custody questioning so he or she is not read Miranda rights.



Share

CBJ Image