Reasons that suspects provide false confessions

According to the Innocence Project, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis has resulted as many as 350 convictions being overturned in recent years. In some of these cases, the defendant had confessed to committing the crime that they had been accused of. If you're wondering why a suspect would admit to a criminal act that they weren't actually responsible for, there are many reasons that they may have done this.

One of the more common reasons that an individual may provide a false confession is because they're intimidated into doing so by police. Some techniques that law enforcement may use to intimidate a suspect into providing a confession include questioning them when they're hungry, exhausted or under stress.

They may even threaten to or actually use force to coerce a suspect to admit to their role in committing a crime. Some individuals even end up signing a confession to avoid harsher punishment as well.

Illinois investigators may hone in on a suspect's inferior cognitive abilities, whether they're caused by mental illness, limited educational opportunities or substance abuse, to coerce an individual into providing a false confession.

They may also rely on a suspect in Chicago having a fear of authority figures or having little to no knowledge of their rights as way to force a confession in a case.

Some defendants may feel pressured into admitting to a crime because police mislead them about the existence of some type of incriminating evidence that could get them convicted at trial.

Coerced confessions aren't the only type of police misconduct that may violate your rights. Officers who use excessive force, fail to provide necessary medical care or falsify evidence may have violated your civil rights as well. A police misconduct attorney will rely on video recordings, witness statements and law enforcement interviews to build a case so that they can take on the police department that mistreated you.

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