What happens when you elect to remain silent? As the rights read, "You have the right to REMAIN silent." What is not implied is that you have to orally tell the police that you are going to remain silent. Now, what lawmakers are arguing is that if one does not invoke their fifth amendment right either verbally or through written communiqué, then the prosecution can use their silence as a detriment against them, contradicting the whole idea of remaining silent.
Where this becomes unfair and even biased is in the case of those who don't speak English fluently, suffer from mental or physical handicap, are too confused, scared, incompetent to orally convey their wish to remain silent. Doesn't silence speak for itself? Do we really need to declare our silence to convey it?
More importantly now than ever, if you are arrested or simply called in for informal questioning, do not speak to anyone without having your lawyer present. Contact San Jose Criminal Defense Attorney William Chestnut at 408-298-6990 immediately. After the Supreme Court's ruling, your right to remain silent can now be used as an admission of guilt against you.