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  • A formal method of inquiry used by the police or other law enforcement officials that involves asking individuals (generally held in custody) questions about specific events or circumstances. With the exception of providing basic information, such as name and address, the individual being interrogated has the right to remain silent (under the Fifth Amendment) and is not under any obligation to answer questions raised during the interrogation. Furthermore, the individual being interrogated also has the right to request the presence of his or her lawyer, at which point the interrogation must stop. If the suspect's legal rights are violated, the information gathered during the interrogation cannot be used as evidence in court under the exclusionary rule.

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