I Confessed to a Crime. Now What?
In most cases, talking to the police without a lawyer by your side is a mistake that can really hurt your case. When you are stopped by the police, however, it is normal to panic. Many people start talking without realizing they are jeopardizing their defense.
In some cases, people even confess to crimes they did not commit – even crimes like murder and sexual assault. Although it is hard to believe, it happens much more often than you might think. According to a 60 Minutes report, juveniles are particularly vulnerable to false confessions, as they rarely understand the justice system or the consequences of admitting a crime.
You Confessed. What Now?
If you admitted guilt in a criminal case, it is critical to understand that a confession is considered powerful evidence against you. This is why it is very important to contact a criminal defense attorney right away. Your lawyer can help you begin building an effective defense.
Police are specially trained to interrogate people. They often resort to pressure tactics that make individuals feel intimidated, scared, and without options. The Innocence Project states that an astounding one in four people ultimately exonerated for a crime they did not commit confessed to the crime or incriminated themselves to police.
You Have the Right to Be Silent
If you have already talked to the police, you can still exercise your right to avoid self-incrimination at any time. If you do speak to the police, you should always have an attorney present. Your lawyer can help you answer questions, maintain your composure, understand your right, and stop the police and other authorities from coercing you into saying something against your interests.
It is also important to avoid talking about your case with anyone other than your lawyer. Although you may wish to discuss the details of your case with loved ones or friends, communication with these people is not protected. By contrast, the things you tell your attorney are privileged.
Is Confessing Ever a Good Idea?
In some situations, good people get involved in bad circumstances. For some individuals, admitting a mistake provides a sense of relief. “Getting it off your chest” might seem appealing.
Before you make any potentially incriminating statements, however, you should speak to your lawyer about how it will impact your case. Also, discuss any potential “deals” or agreements offered to you by a prosecutor or police officer. Your lawyer may be able to secure a plea agreement in exchange for your admission of guilt, which can result in a lighter punishment.
Get Help from a Lawyer Today
If you have been charged with any type of crime, you need an experienced lawyer on your side as soon as possible. There are many options in your case. Call Razumich Law, P.C. today at (317) 983-5333 for a free consultation.
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