Supreme Court Rules Age Is Significant When Law Enforcement Questions Suspects

By: Wallin & Klarich

The case before the United States Supreme Court dealt with whether a 13-year-old boy should have been notified of his “Miranda” rights. Including telling him he need not answer questions before being questioned by police officers. The boy was suspected of committing several burglaries. After first denying any involvement, the minor admitted breaking into several homes and stealing items.

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in the Miranda case established that suspects in custody must be advised of various rights, including the right to remain silent before police officers can begin questioning. If Miranda warnings are not given, any statements that the suspect makes to law enforcement may be excluded from evidence.

In California, burglary is codified under Penal Code Section 459. It states in pertinent part that “every person who enters any house… with intent to commit… any felony is guilty of burglary.” Residential burglary is a felony in Califronia, and may result in a strike, if convicted. The punishment for residential burglary in California is up to six years in prison.

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