The words we all hear on television and the movies tell us it is so. Often referred to as the reading of the rights, the Miranda warnings require the police to tell someone being questioned that:
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you at public expense.