Is everyone entitled to an appointed attorney while being questioned if they can’t afford one?

Landmark decision, Miranda v. Arizona, states that every defendant in adult criminal cases has a constitutional right to have an attorney (public defender) present during custodial interrogation. According to the Court, every defendant, adult or juvenile, must be accorded the right to have a public defender present during custodial interrogation when it is requested, irrespective of his or her ability to pay for one.

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Can school employees lie about the consequences of making an incriminating statement?

School employees are not required to read a juvenile or adult Miranda Rights. They are not law enforcement officers. However, school employees are not supposed to lie to a juvenile or adult about the consequences of making an incriminating statement. School employees may be disciplined by their employer for lying. Providing no information about Miranda Rights, however, or the consequences of making an incriminating statement, does not constitute a lie.

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