NJ Appellate Division Rules Miranda Rights Were Violated

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On July 6, 2015, the New Jersey Appellate Division reversed the conviction of Terrance Atkins and remanded the case for a new trial. Atkins was arrested for various drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop.

The Court found that Atkins asked for information about how to obtain a public defender during police questioning, but the police did not believe his question was an explicit request for an attorney. The police did not afford him the opportunity to have a lawyer present.

Therefore, the Court ruled that the statements made by Atkins following the request for an attorney should be excluded from trial.

Read the original NJ.com article here.