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Admission Vs. Confession in Criminal Court

Brian J Smith May 15, 2013


Police and other law enforcement officials are well-trained in the art of interrogation and use a plethora of methods to subconsciously entice an individual to confess or admit that they’ve committed a crime they may or may not have committed.

If you’ve been coerced into admitting to committing a crime, you may still have a defense based on the nature of your confession. In a criminal court, there is a difference between admission and confession.

Typically, admission does not legally mean the defendant is guilty, but rather that a statement is likely to prove guilt. On the other hand, a confession is commonly considered a full admittance of guilt through a corroborated statement, and a written document with detailed accounts of what happened.

Know your rights when it comes to the law, admitting something may not mean you are guilty. If you find yourself in a similar situation, contact a sexual assault lawyer in Las Vegas who can assist you in building your defense or proving you were coerced into admitting or confessing something that didn’t actually occur.

Main photo by dennis crowley