What to do if I was charged with drinking in public but was not read my Miranda rights?

I have already paid my waiver of trial fee. I am scared of the effect this will have on job applications. Do I have to put this on applications? Was this a ticket? Because I was not read my rights does it count? Does it matter because I have already paid my waiver of trial?

Asked on October 9, 2013 under Criminal Law, Virginia


Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Police are only required to read you your Miranda right before questioning you.  So unless they questioned you and obtained a confession without reading you your rights, it will not matter.  If you pleaded guilty to a felony, then you have to admit to that on job applications if asked, but it does not sound like "drinking in public" was charged as a felony.  If you just paid a fine, it is more like a traffic citation, and probably nothing to worry about.

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