Police Intelligence, Interrogations & Miranda Warnings


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The defendant in a court case confesses to a crime during police interrogations. This individual was not read his rights before his taped confession. Since the confession contains self-incriminating information, it is not admissible in court. Which amendment is protecting this defendant?

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1. If a suspect is _____, that means they're at the police department or are otherwise deprived of their freedom in a significant way.

2. After holding a suspect for five hours for questioning, a few of the police officers in the station have decided to intimidate the suspect to get information and evidence out of him. They tell the suspect that ''If you do not cooperate your wife will be charged with crimes too.'' Which technique are the police officers using?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To measure your understanding of this topic, the questions in this quiz/worksheet include the amendment that protects citizens from becoming a witness against themselves and the police function that involves law enforcement information.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use the quiz/worksheet to improve your knowledge of the following:

  • The amendment that protects against self-incrimination
  • Definition of police custody
  • Exceptions to the Miranda rule

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the police intelligence function
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding exceptions to the Miranda rule and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding police interrogation practices

Additional Learning

Please take a look at the lesson called Police Intelligence, Interrogations & Miranda Warnings for more detailed information on this subject. Take advantage of this lesson's content to achieve the following objectives:

  • Identify when the Fifth Amendment protects a suspect's rights
  • Understand exceptions to the Fifth Amendment's Miranda rule
  • Define interrogation