Q: Attorney Tully, my son was charged with a parole violation. He made a statement to the parole agent while he was in custody. Do parole officers need to give Miranda warnings before questioning suspects in custody?
A: Yes. Our Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently decided this issue. The Pennsylvania High Court ruled parole agents must give a Defendant their Miranda rights during a custodial interrogation. It appears to be a violation of your son’s 5th Amendment rights for the agent to have failed to do so. If what you say is accurate, your son’s statement may be inadmissible in Court. Call me to discuss this. Bernie