Maryland — Washington, D.C., Attorney — Forced Confessions
Many people, especially prospective jurors, would be quite surprised to know that intelligent, sophisticated and generally well-informed people sometimes will confess to a crime that they did not commit. These confessions can be made under circumstances in which the person is distraught, overwhelmed by trauma of a serious crime or death, or overwhelmed by police intimidation or fear.
30 years of Criminal Defense Experience
At the Law Offices of James N. Papirmeister, Esq., highly skilled criminal defense attorney James N. Papirmeister has 30 years of criminal law experience. He is well-known in the area of forced confession cases and has thorough knowledge of coercion laws.
If you are a victim of forced confessions, contact us at one of our law offices located in Silver Spring and Maryland, to schedule a free initial consultation. Please call 301-589-2100 during regular business hours or 301-367-6500 after hours.
Forced and False Confessions
Most often, the person making the false confession does not have mental health problems but is so shocked and traumatized by a rapid series of unfolding events that he or she temporarily loses a sense of reality. The person becomes subjected to the pressure of an aggressive law enforcement officer and confesses to a serious crime that he or she did not commit.
There was a series of articles in The Washington Post regarding the horrific number of false confessions obtained by one particular local police department that handled a lot of homicide cases. James N. Papirmeister was quoted a number of times as an authority about the incidence of false confessions by people in homicide cases:
Your Constitutional Rights
The safest practice for anybody who is charged with a crime, under investigation for a crime or under suspicion of having committed a crime is to first, stay calm and realize that everyone has a right to remain silent. There is always time to give a statement throughout the justice system. The timing, however, is crucial. Whenever a person is under suspicion, investigation or actually charged with a crime, the person should calmly request to remain silent and request an attorney. Under the law, a person who requests an attorney must be accorded immediate respect by any law enforcement officer who is mandated to stop all further questioning and interrogation until that person has a lawyer.
Silver Spring False Confession Lawyer
Protect your constitutional rights and contact us at one of our offices to schedule a free initial consultation with a Silver Spring false confessions lawyer. We represent people in cases throughout Montgomery County, La Plata, St. Charles, and Chevy Chase. Please call 301-589-2100 during regular hours or 301-367-6500 after hours.