When dealing with criminal cases, it's the job of law enforcement to get a confession from the person responsible for the crime. However, it's difficult for this to happen, and if you are responsible, then you definitely don't want to confess to anything until you have a criminal-defense attorney present. This is why it's important to know what tactics the police will use to get a confession and what you can do to avoid falling into the trap. Here are three tactics that are commonly used:
The Reid Technique:
The Reid technique is one that has been used by law enforcement for years because it is highly successful. This is when the police will isolate you in a small room and have one or two police officers question you. Their goal is to get you to confess. The way that they do this is that they start by making it obvious that they believe you are guilty. At this point, some criminals will crack because of the pressure. However, if you continue to proclaim your innocence, the police will then try to reassure you that they understand why you did what you did. When you start to feel comfortable, you could then let out a confession. When the police are using this tactic on you, it's best to make it clear that you do not want to answer any questions until your attorney is present.
Questioning Outside of the Station:
Keep in mind that anytime an officer asks you a question about a crime, it is called informal questioning. This is an easy way for officers to catch someone off guard and get a confession. Be aware of this and always follow up a question by saying you don't want to answer anything at this moment, especially without your attorney. This may seem strange to do, but it's important to guaranteeing that your case runs smoothly and your attorney can actually build up a solid defense for you in court.
Sometimes police officers will lie in order to get a confession. This is not always easy to catch, but it's important not to fall for anything such as, "If you answer honestly, you can leave the station." Most likely, that really isn't the case, especially if you confess to something. They will continue to hold you at this point and could possibly arrest you.
When you know the three common tactics the police use to gather a confession, you can be sure that you are better about holding your ground and letting your attorney do the work for you. Call a firm such as Abom & Kutulakis LLP to get started with your defense.