Routine Booking Question Exception Miranda

In Pennsylvania v. Muniz, 496 U.S. 582, 110 L. Ed. 2d 528, 110 S. Ct. 2638 (1990), the United States Supreme Court held that some of the officer's questions and responses regarding the defendant's name, address, height, weight, eye color, date of birth, and current age were admissible because they were within the "routine booking question" exception and thus are exempted from the Miranda requirement. See Muniz, 496 U.S. at 601-02. When questions are requested for record-keeping purposes only, and are reasonably related to the administrative concerns of the police, the questions fall outside the protections of Miranda, and the answers need not be suppressed. Id. However, the Court carefully qualified the result by noting that not all questions asked during the booking process fall within the exception. Id. at n. 14. "Without obtaining a waiver of the suspect's Miranda rights, the police may not ask questions, even during booking, that are designed to elicit incriminatory admissions." Id.