Miranda Warnings

There is a common misconception causing people to believe that your case cannot be prosecuted if you are not advised your Miranda warnings. This is not so.

Your Miranda warnings simply prohibit the Government from using any statements you make to law enforcement while in their custody unless you were first advised of your basic right to counsel and protection against self-incrimination. In some cases, evidence received because of an improper confession can also be suppressed.

In most instances, a suppressed confession weakens the Government’s case against you but the Government is never required to throw out the case simply because you were not Mirandized.

André Bélanger, a graduate of Loyola University, is a highly-respected criminal defense attorney serving the people of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and surrounding areas of Ascension Parish and New Orleans, for one of Baton Rouge’s top-25 law firms. In his 18 years of practicing law, Mr. Bélanger has handled thousands of criminal cases at both the pre-trial and trial stage, including approximately 200 trials. This trial experience includes homicide defense and prosecution, large drug conspiracies and fraud cases making Bélanger one of the few attorneys capable of handling even the largest, most complex federal cases. Having spent years devoted to developing a top-tier regional law practice for federal court and state court litigation, Mr. Bélanger is admitted to practicing law in all federal courts in both Louisiana, Mississippi, the United States Supreme Court and the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.