5 Misconceptions About Law

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There are at least 5 things you may know about American law that are incorrect.

A misconception is a view or opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding.

Here are the top 5 most popular misconceptions about the law:

Misconception #1

“Undercover police officers must identify themselves if asked.”

For some reason, there’s a rumor that, if for example, a criminal asks an undercover officer, “Hey are you a cop?” then the officer has to say the truth. However, this is NOT true. There is actually no law that makes officers tell people say the truth. 


Misconception #2

"You must wait 24 hours to file a missing person’s report."

This is NOT true. In fact, the police would like to know as soon as someone is suspected of missing, especially if the person who is missing is a minor.


Misconception #3

“You need someone’s permission to legally film them in public.”

If you are on public property, you have the right to film your surroundings.


Misconception #4

“The concept of free speech without consequences applies anywhere in the U.S.”

There are many exceptions to the free speech, such as not being allowed to yell “fire” in a crowded theatre.


Misconception #5

“The Miranda rights are read to you when you are arrested.”

If you are arrested, the police officer does not have to read you the Miranda rights. In reality, the police offer only has to read you your Miranda rights if you are arrested and about to be questioned. Not every arrest requires the officer to read you your Miranda rights.



Sam Mollaei, Esq. from Mollaei Law can be reached @ (818) 925-0002 or by visiting http://mollaeilaw.com

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