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What Is an Interrogation?

An interrogation is the direct questioning of a person under conditions which are partly or fully controlled by the questioner. A police interrogation involves persuasion, influence, and trickery with the goal being to obtain a confession or at least an admission of anything that would implicate the suspect in criminal behavior.

Types of Police Interrogations

An interrogation can occur at the police station, in jail or at the scene of a crime. There are two types of police interrogations:

How to End a Police Interrogation

A non custodial interrogation can be ended by leaving. If the police do not allow the person to leave, then the interrogation has changed from a non custodial interrogation to a custodial interrogation. A custodial police interrogation may be stopped by:

But after either request, if the suspect initiates conversation, then any statements made may be used against the suspect as evidence at trial.

Legal Interrogation Techniques

Information that is voluntarily disclosed to the police is generally admissible at trial. To elicit voluntary statements, the police may:

Illegal Interrogation Techniques

In trying to elicit information from a suspect, the police are not allowed to:

Consequences of an Illegal Interrogation

Evidence obtained directly as a result of an illegal interrogation cannot be used in court as evidence against a defendant. In addition, evidence that would not have been obtained but for the illegal interrogation may also be inadmissible at trial.

What Can You Do if You Are Accused of a Crime or Have Been Illegally Interrogated?

If you are accused of a crime or have been interrogated, you should speak to a criminal lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the complicated legal system.

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Last Modified: 07-29-2013 03:17 PM PDT

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