A Florida man was charged and convicted of felon in possession of a firearm. In Powell v. Florida, this Florida Criminal Defendant was arrested in the apartment in which the gun was found and taken to the police station where Florida police officers questioned him. Police officers testified that Powell stated that the gun was his.
The United States Supreme Court held that:
“Criminal suspects have a right to have their lawyer present during police questioning, and the police are required to inform suspects of that right as part of their “Miranda warning.” In this case, police officers told a suspect that he had “the right to talk to a lawyer before answering [any] questions” and “[y]ou have the right to use any of these rights at any time you want during this interview.” The Court held that even though this warning did not specifically mention the right to have a lawyer present during questioning (as opposed to the right to talk to the lawyer before questioning), the warning nonetheless was constitutional because it conveyed to the suspect that he had the right to have an attorney present.”
Simply because the Court weakened the required reading of Miranda warnings does not weaken your right to an attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. Remember, if you are arrested or are facing questioning from a law enforcement official, you may invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and request a Jacksonville Florida Defense Attorney before speaking with the police.