Public-Safety Exception Law and Legal Definition

In evidence, the public-safety rule is an exception to the Miranda rule. The public-safety exception allows into evidence an otherwise suppressible statement made by a defendant relating to information that the police needed at the time it was made in order to protect the public. If, a victim tells the police that an assailant had a gun, and upon the suspect's arrest the police find a holster not a gun, then they would be immediately entitled to ask where the gun is. Therefore, under the public-safety exception, the suspect's statement of the gun's location would be admissible.