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New York v. Quarles

Significance, Miranda Warnings Inadequate, A Compelling Exception, Impact, Self-incrimination Clause


State of New York


Benjamin Quarles

Petitioner's Claim

A police officer's failure to provide Miranda warnings before questioning the respondent about incriminating evidence did not violate Fifth Amendment rights, as the delay was justified in the interest of public safety.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Steven J. Rappaport

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Steven A. Hyman

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, John Paul Stevens


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

12 June 1984


The U.S. Supreme Court held that an officer's immediate concern with protecting the safety and welfare of the public represented a justified exception to the Miranda rule.

Related Cases

  • Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).
  • Schmerber v. California, 384 U.S. 757 (1966).
  • Orzoco v. Texas, 394 U.S. 324 (1969).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law, Vol. 4. Minneapolis, MN: West Publishing, 1998.

Further Readings

  • Hall, Kermit L., ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. 1992.

Additional topics

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