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H.R. 8685 (116th): Protecting Miranda Rights for Kids Act


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 27, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 8685

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 27, 2020

(for himself and Mr. Kennedy) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To protect minors from premature waiver of their constitutional rights during a custodial interrogation, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protecting Miranda Rights for Kids Act.

2.

Waiver of Miranda rights by a minor

(a)

In general

Chapter 223 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 3051 the following:

3501A.

Custodial interrogation of a minor

(a)

Waiver

A minor who is subject to a custodial interrogation may only waive the privilege against self-incrimination or the right to assistance of legal counsel if—

(1)

the minor consults with legal counsel in person before such waiver; and

(2)

the minor has contact with a parent or legal guardian in person, by telephone, or by video conference to receive consultation before such waiver.

(b)

Exception

Subsection (a) shall not apply if—

(1)

custodial interrogation of a minor is necessary to gather information to protect life or property from an imminent threat; and

(2)

the questions that were asked during the custodial interrogation were reasonably necessary to obtain such information.

(c)

Assigned counsel

(1)

In general

A minor who is subject to a custodial interrogation shall have the right to have the legal counsel assigned to the minor’s case physically present during such interrogation.

(2)

Violation

In the case of custodial interrogation of a minor, it shall be a violation of this subsection for the minor to be represented by any substitute counsel temporarily assigned to represent the minor.

(d)

Inadmissible

In any criminal prosecution brought by the United States or by the District of Columbia, any statement given by a minor during a custodial interrogation that does not comply with this section, and any evidence derived from that statement, shall be inadmissible.

(e)

Minor defined

In this section, the term minor means an individual who has not attained 18 years of age.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for chapter 223 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 3501 the following item:

3501A. Custodial interrogation of a minor.

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