Once it can be shown that a motorist is “in custody,” he or she must be afforded the constitutional protections of Miranda. It is settled amongst the courts that the safeguards prescribed by Miranda become applicable as soon as a suspect’s freedom of action is curtailed to a “degree associated with formal arrest.” (California v. Beheler 463 US 1121, 1983).
When dealing with the protections of Miranda, it is important to note that the question is not whether a motorist has actually been formally placed under arrest, but rather whether the motorist is subjected to treatment that renders him “in custody for practical purposes.”
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