Powell (defendant) was arrested for robbery and taken to the police station. Before the police began questioning, an officer advised Powell that he had "the right to talk to a lawyer before answering any of [the law enforcement officers'] questions," and that he could invoke the right "at any time . . . during th[e] interview." Powell said that he understood his rights and was willing to answer questions. Powell then made incriminating statements regarding a handgun. At trial, Powell filed a motion to suppress the statements, arguing that the Miranda warning he received was deficient, because it led him to believe that he could have a lawyer present only before, but not during questioning. The trial court denied the motion. Powell appealed, and the Florida Supreme Court reversed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.