If someone asks you which criminal charges are the most serious, you might say murder, manslaughter and other violent crimes. These offenses are indeed treated seriously in Memphis, Tennessee criminal courts. A conviction on such charges typically means the loss of the defendant’s freedom, sometimes for many years.
Prosecutors aggressively seek a conviction in cases involving violence or the death of a victim. However, before they get their turn in court, it is often up to investigators to gather evidence. One way they acquire evidence, including confessions, is through interrogation techniques.
Learning these techniques may help you avoid self-incrimination
Undergoing an official interrogation is frightening, even when you have committed no crime. Interrogators understand this reaction, and many of them know how to use your emotions against you. If you or a loved one is facing an interrogation, here are some of the methods you may encounter:
- They leave out critical details for you to fill in, which could inadvertently point to your guilt.
- They act like a friend to induce calm, which could cause you to talk more than you should.
- They display empathy or understanding about your circumstances, which can also cause you to speak more than necessary.
- They ask questions to which they already know the answers and then pretend to appreciate your cooperation when you answer truthfully.
- They may frequently say they know you committed the crime but want to give you a chance to tell your side of the situation.
The list above is far from exhaustive as law enforcement personnel have many interrogation techniques from which to choose. You can reduce your risk of self-incrimination by saying nothing to interrogators aside from your name. All other questions can wait until you have a legal advocate present to protect your rights.
When you’ve been accused of a violent crime, don’t try to fend for yourself during an interrogation. Exercise your right to remain silent and get legal assistance right away.