Know Your Rights
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?”
Question: What exactly does it mean when an officer says, “You have the right to remain silent?”
Answer: It means it’s worthless to you unless you use it. You have a right, use it—remain silent. I heard a comedian say one time, “I had the right to remain silent, I just didn’t have the ability.” And while you may say it seems funny—and it is funny—it’s not. This is a Constitutional right and it is of value to us only when we use it.