In this three-part series, we are discussing many of the interrogation tactics that law enforcement uses to link you to a crime. It’s a sad fact that interrogations often lead to false confessions. Of course, if you are going to be interrogated, the first step is to contact a criminal defense law firm in Tampa. We will aggressively defend your case.
In the first section, we discussed the importance of not speaking to the police until a lawyer is present. In the second section, we discuss ways the interrogator may try to stretch the truth to seek a confession. In this final section, we will discuss some other tactics law enforcement utilizes to “get their man.”
They Act as if You’re Guilty Until Proven Innocent
During an interrogation, even if you’re innocent of the accused crime, your stress level is likely off the charts. The interrogator is not only listening to every word you say, they are also trained in closely analyzing every movement you make, the tone of your voice, or even your posture. As your anxiety builds, the interrogator anticipates that you are about to crack. Because they see your behavior as a sign of guilt, they begin to grill you. For an already nervous person, this can easily lead to a downwards spiral. The irony is that the interrogator’s evaluation of the suspect is completely off base to begin with.
They’re Extremely Patient
When you’re being questioned during an interrogation, the interrogator may not have much tolerance for your responses. However, they will be extremely patient when it comes to waiting for you to cave in. If law enforcement is convinced you are guilty of a crime, the interrogation can take countless hours if not days until they receive that false confession they were looking for. Mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted, some people simply break down because they have been stripped of their rights, presumed guilty for so long, intimidated and psychologically tormented by the entire process.
Never Accept a “Deal”
During interrogation, you can become so exhausted that you wish you were anywhere but in that room. The interrogator knows this and may even promise that you can go home afterwards as long as you cooperate and confess. Whether it’s your warm bed or a cold beer, resist the temptation. Never accept a “deal” without an attorney present. If you are innocent, you will have your day in court.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.