What is A Coerced Confession?
From Miranda v. Arizona:
“You have the right to remain silent’.
“Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law”.
“You have the right to an attorney”.
“If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you”.
“Do you understand the rights I have just read to you?”
“With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?”
Miranda v. Arizona established what people commonly know as their “Miranda Rights.” It along with the 5th Amendment, gives the right to “remain silent.” Sometimes people waive that right and engage in discussions with police officers. We advise against saying anything. Knowledge and information are power.
Further, police officers will sometimes poke and prod a suspect, even twisting his or her words to sound like what the officer needs to make a case. They will lie to the suspect to get them to say certain things and contradict the officers. They are often well train at psychology and sociology to get information out of you. Officers may talk a suspect into thinking that he did something that he actually did not do or the suspect may feel pressured into a false confession. This involuntary confession resulting from overbearing or harassing police conduct, rather than a person’s “rational intellect and free will,” is a coerced confession.
Our criminal defense and civil rights team are aggressive in how we handle these cases.
We use 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 of the U.S. Code to sue individual actors in their individual and official capacities and to vindicate your rights before a judge and jury.
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