An exception to the Miranda rule that permits into evidence custodial statements made by a defendant, that otherwise would be inadmissible if the statements were obtained without the Miranda warnings, when the police officers reasonably need the information from defendant for their and/or public safety.
Example: A robbery victim tells the police officers that defendant was carrying a gun at the time of the crime. Shortly after the robbery, the officers arrest the defendant and find on him the stolen property but no gun. The officers ask defendant about the whereabouts of the gun and defendant provides them with the location. Even though the police officers obtained defendant’s statements regarding the location of the gun without first providing Miranda warnings, those statements very likely will be admissible into evidence against the defendant because the officers reasonably believed that the gun posed a danger to the public.