read (one) (one's) rights

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read (one) (one's) rights

For a law enforcement officer to recite a list of one's legal rights to them upon their arrest, especially the right to remain silent (often known as one's "Miranda rights"). Make sure you read the suspect his rights as or before you arrest him. They forgot to read her her rights, so her confession was deemed inadmissible in court.
See also: read, right

read one one's rights

to make the required statement of legal rights to a person who has been arrested. All right, read this guy his rights and book him on a charge of theft. You have to read them their rights before questioning them.
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He immediately stopped talking after a magistrate judge and a representative from the US Attorney's office entered the room and read him his rights, according to a US law enforcement official and others briefed on the interrogation.
He stopped the driver, read him his rights and administered the Breathalyzer test.
On the day he spoke with The Advocate, Stout had returned from a meeting with his battalion commander, who read him his rights and explained how Stout could be punished under "don't ask, don't tell." The Defense Department is weighing whether to dishonorably discharge Stout, who has three more years left in the inactive ready reserves once he returns to the United States.
He produced a breathalyser and read him his rights. But the results showed a reading of absolute zero alcohol.
The judge said police read him his rights so quickly, and his English was so poor, that the process was meaningless.
DCI Jack Meadows (Simon Rouse) won't take Boyden's word that he did read him his rights correctly, and demands confirmation from his colleague at the raid - Hagen.