Escobedo Rule Law & Legal Definition


"Escobedo Rule" holds that individuals have the right to an attorney when an investigation goes beyond a general inquiry and focuses on a particular suspect. This principle states that a statement by a targeted suspect who is in police custody is not admissible at trial. However, if the police warns the suspect of the right to remain silent and gives an opportunity for the targeted suspect to consult with retained counsel, the statement is admissible.