Confessions to Police

“Confession is good for the soul,” the old saying goes. Well, however much it may do for the soul, it will not usually help you if you are accused of crime. We are taught almost from birth to tell the truth. And police are only too quick to exploit this with false or inaccurate promises of help for us if we confess to crime.

In fact, police employ particular techniques to cause people to confess more easily. We have seen some of these on TV where the police falsely claim that they have evidence tying the interviewee with a particular crime. In fact, these techniques have been responsible for a certain number of false confessions in cases in which later DNAvindicated the person who had “confessed.”

So, unless you feel a need to be punished, don’t confess the crime to the police. They are not your friends. The police are only interested in solving the crime, and they are not too choosy about who gets convicted for it.

So, maybe you’ve confessed already. You need to hire an attorney and discuss what you need to do with him or her. You may be able to file a motion with the court to have the circumstances surrounding the confession examined legally, and, as a result, the confession might not be allowed into evidence against you or “suppressed.”

If you have confessed already, all is not lost. If you speak with an experienced criminal trial attorney, you may be able to suppress the confession. Unlike the false promises of the police officer, a suppressed confession might actually lead to no punishment for you.

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