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Custody

A person is obviously under custody when he is placed in a jail cell. However, courts have defined custody broadly. A person may be considered arrested and hence in custody if the person has reasonable belief that he is not free to leave and he is deprived of his freedom of movement. Therefore, a person maybe considered under custody in his own home if the police officers arrest him in his home and deprive him of his freedom of movement. In such circumstances, the officers must inform the person of his Miranda rights before asking him incriminating questions, even though the person may be in his own bedroom!

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