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Miranda’s Legacy

By Paul G. Ulrich

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Miranda’s holdings1 have survived as constitutional principles. However, later decisions have limited their interpretation and application. The extent to which Miranda deters police techniques for obtaining suspects’ confessions based on interrogations without counsel also has been limited. This article shows how many such issues have been resolved.

Misdemeanor and Juvenile Commitment Cases

Anyone subjected to custodial interrogation is entitled to Miranda’s procedural safeguards, regardless of the investigated offense’s nature or degree.2 Creating an exception for misdemeanor traffic offense arrests would substantially undermine the Miranda rule’s simplicity and clarity, particularly when the police do not know whether the suspect had committed a misdemeanor or a felony.3 

The right to counsel and privilege against self-incrimination also apply in juvenile commitment cases as part of the due process to which juveniles are entitled.4 Justice Fortas’ majority opini

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