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What Can Make a Confession Involuntary?

Under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, no American citizen can be forced to testify against themselves (what is commonly referred to as the right to remain silent). In practical terms, this means that if someone is forced to give a confession against their will, that confession can be deemed inadmissible in court. But what exactly can make a confession involuntary, legally speaking?

  1. Threatening violence against the suspect
    • A commonly seen tactic in involuntary confessions is threats of violence from police officers. While many police know better than to use violence directly to extract a confession from someone, they will sometimes use the threat of that violence to convince people to confess. This could include verbal threats to severely injure someone, or putting a gun to someone’s head, just as an example.
  2. Committing violence against the suspect
    • Not every police officer looking to coerce an involuntary confession out of someone will stop with mere threats, however. Some law enforcement will commit actual harm in the pursuit of a confession, punching, kicking, or choking suspects that refuse to comply. In more extreme cases, this may escalate to outright torture, which can result in severe harm to anyone who experiences it.
  3. Depriving a suspect of food or water
    • Rather than using direct violence, some police officers will extract a confession using less overtly harmful methods. They will detain a suspect, then refuse to give them food, water, or other essentials unless they give a confession. This can quickly lead to serious harm, especially to people with certain medical conditions, and police count on suspects giving an involuntary confession to save themselves from dehydration or starvation.
  4. Preventing a suspect from going to the bathroom
    • Another variation of this trick is stopping a suspect from using the bathroom, coercing an involuntary confession in exchange for allowing them to relieve themselves. While this sounds silly, it may take only an hour or two for the need to urinate or defecate to become seriously urgent. The police understand this, and will use it as a bargaining chip to extract a confession.
  5. Promising leniency against the suspect
    • Not all coercion tactics against suspects are overtly hostile. Some, in fact, may come off as kind, with the police promising leniency in exchange for a confession. However, the police have no authority to promise a lighter sentence or freedom in exchange for a confession, and it is illegal for them to do so. Unlike other forms of coercion, it can be difficult to prove without someone else there to back you up, such as a criminal defense attorney who can represent you in court.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for a criminal offense, you will need legal counsel to help you preserve your rights and work to get the best possible outcome for your matter. A New York criminal defense lawyer, who is experienced in handling criminal cases of all sorts, can advise you of your legal rights and will fight for your best interests in court. If you or your loved one has been arrested, contact the Suffolk County criminal defense attorneys at McGuire, Peláez and Bennett at (631) 348-1702.

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Saneida Martinez
Saneida Martinez
21:14 29 Nov 22
Great attorney especially their from desk receptionists, great work !
Elvis Maldonado
Elvis Maldonado
18:53 29 Nov 22
Speeding ticket reduced to a parking ticket happy want to thank Mr.bennett and the firm.
Marcos Sanchez
Marcos Sanchez
13:21 20 Nov 22
Amazing services spewding ticket reduced to parking In Wales Town Court
Christopher Matute
Christopher Matute
20:30 17 Nov 22
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Rudis Velasquez
Rudis Velasquez
20:23 17 Nov 22
Me resolvieron mi caso rápido y con buenos resultados gracias y gracias a la asistente joanna que es muy amable y me ayudo a pagar mis multas
german martinez
german martinez
19:02 14 Nov 22
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Wero enoc Alvarenga
21:34 10 Nov 22
My speeding ticket reduced to a parking ticket thank you Mr. Bennett and Joanna for being such a helpful secretary
Joel Martinez
Joel Martinez
19:38 09 Nov 22
Tenia muchos tickets pendientes me ayudaron a aclarar mi licencia.
Adriana Restrepo
Adriana Restrepo
16:58 09 Nov 22
Chenango town cout speeding ticket reduced to a parking ticket súper happy had to take a class staff helped me sign up for and no record at all.
Carl Fuller
Carl Fuller
20:07 07 Nov 22
Very helpful for right to the point. Great price. Great follow through. A very professional and experienced attorney.
Steven Zenteno
Steven Zenteno
15:10 04 Nov 22
Hired for a new case super happy with services so far! Recommend 100%
Edwin Hernandez
Edwin Hernandez
13:25 03 Nov 22
Super happy I can not thank the firm enough. Got a DWAI after Mr. Bennett fought hard for me to prove to the judge I was just driving after having had taken my medication my charges were reduced to a parking ticket with a fine of $100. I will forever be thankful to this lawyer and recommend them 100%
Wilber González
Wilber González
14:39 02 Nov 22
Got my speeding ticket in the Bronx dismissed super amazed and happy the wait was worth it ! Recommend 100%
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Karina Zuniga
15:53 29 Oct 22
Great attorneys! Friendly and kind staff!
Alexandra Antunez
Alexandra Antunez
15:51 29 Oct 22
Amazing attorneys on my case got my speeding ticket reduce to a parking ticket super happy will definitely come back if I have to and will recommend to all my family and friends.
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Amal Habib
08:36 27 Oct 22
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rami mohamad
06:51 27 Oct 22
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Derrick Dixon
00:15 26 Oct 22
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Hector Rivera
20:54 25 Oct 22
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Wilson Reyes
Wilson Reyes
20:47 25 Oct 22
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Jose Reyes
19:55 25 Oct 22
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No Mercy Dominicano024
14:51 25 Oct 22
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Kevin Benitez
Kevin Benitez
13:24 25 Oct 22
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Liceth Medina
01:25 14 Oct 22
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santiago vazquez
15:42 19 Sep 22
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Janelene Molina
18:42 18 Aug 22
Fantastic law firm with the best lawyers and staff. Helped me lower the cost of a speeding violation. Highly recommended!
Vernon Allen
Vernon Allen
13:40 25 Jul 22
Gio San
Gio San
14:10 19 Jul 22
Got a stop sign ticket and brought it here they took care of everything with no hassle daslin helped me out with almost everything and keeping me up to date she was super helpful I’d recommend this place to my friends and family
Excellent,top notch and very professional.
William Garcia
William Garcia
02:40 21 Jun 22
Andres Coronel
Andres Coronel
19:07 31 May 22
Great attorney handeled a case in patchogue village for me reduced to parking ticket did not have to go to court . EXECELLENT SERVICES! Super convenient 🙂
Julio Bustamante
Julio Bustamante
14:40 21 May 22
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Xiomara Hernandez
Xiomara Hernandez
20:36 12 May 22
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Angel Garcia
Angel Garcia
19:58 28 Mar 22
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Claudia Vasquez
22:20 22 Mar 22
Carlos Cruz
Carlos Cruz
13:07 19 Mar 22
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Carlos Reyes
Carlos Reyes
02:39 14 Mar 22
If I could give these people 10 stars I would! Best in the business, great at the work they do especially the front girls! The one who helped me the most was Merlyn she did a phenomenal job! And great job lawyers keep on going!
Maria Hernandez
Maria Hernandez
03:35 08 Mar 22
Muy satisfecha con la ayuda de el abogado chris me ayudo mucho
Allan Barahona
Allan Barahona
03:30 08 Mar 22
Very professional and helpful attorneys from the minute you go into the consult to the minute they resolve your case. They guide you every step of the way very helpful staff Joanna was very helpful in helping me pay my fines. Thank you!
Bayron Hernandez
Bayron Hernandez
18:27 04 Mar 22
Súper buenos abogados me ayudaron con 3 casos y ya están cerrados con multas mínimas muy satisfecho y agradecido. Gracias por todo.
aamir iqbal
aamir iqbal
17:38 03 Mar 22
Mr McGuire, handled my speeding ticket in 2021 reduced to a parking ticket. I have now received a cellphone ticket and have returned to use him because of the amazing work he does by me always. Amazing services!
Bob Batuyios
Bob Batuyios
00:21 03 Mar 22
Mr. McGuire law firm is one of the best firms in Long Island for landlord and tenant disputes. The staff was very courteous and professional.
Ingri Guerrero
Ingri Guerrero
21:53 25 Feb 22
The best attorneys in town! Mr. Belcastro got my tickets in Nassau reduced ! The girls upfront are so polite and professional. Will recommend to anyone in need of an attorney.
jacson mendoza
jacson mendoza
21:14 18 Feb 22
Los mejores abogados en el area gracias a la señorita daslin y Joanna y merlyn por toda su asistencia y ayuda. Me asistieron en un caso civil y 3 casos de tráfico y siempre me consiguen buenos resultados. Muy satisfecho!
J Hernandez
J Hernandez
15:03 18 Feb 22
Mr Bennett is amazing ! Got my stop sign ticket reduced to a no point parking ticket. Super happy with the results. Hope I never get a ticket again but if I do I won’t hesitate to call this office !
Ronal Luna
Ronal Luna
16:53 17 Feb 22
Natty Lopez
Natty Lopez
03:40 17 Feb 22
Mr. Bennett got my charges dropped to parking tickets and minimal fines. I was so scared and hiring this lawyer really helped me didn’t have to worry about anything. Super happy the staff is very helpful in always answering any questions or concerns.
Madelyn
Madelyn
03:31 17 Feb 22
Excellent experience working with this office on a speeding ticket I got a couple of months ago. Assistants are professional, efficient, polite and kind. They showed genuine interest in helping me when I would call to inquire about my case. I recommended this office to all of my friends and family !
Jenny Garcia
Jenny Garcia
03:20 17 Feb 22
Mr.McGuire is my family attorney has helped me and my family in multiple matters. Including criminal charges dropped down to violations for my brother and my father. We have been using Mr.McGuire for 7 years and since then everytime we have any issue we call him for help. Always recommend to anyone in need of an attorney!
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juan lopez
14:50 26 Oct 21
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Doris Reyes
Doris Reyes
14:11 04 Oct 21
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estefany majano
01:02 04 Oct 21
El Senor chris es muy respetuoso y valora muchos sus clientes yo vine aqui para un ticket y me pudo quitarlo. Las muchachas de ahi son muy amables y siempre me dan las respuestas necesarias. Muchas gracias a Merlyn por siempre ayudarme y darme la informacion q necesitaba de mi caso. Los recomiendo mucho
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Kevin Moy
22:22 13 Sep 21
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Flor Luna
21:14 13 Aug 21
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rosali salvador
19:29 13 Aug 21
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Vanessa Correa
19:14 13 Aug 21
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Derick Pawelski
22:41 23 Jul 21
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Suleyma Hernandez
23:52 02 Jul 21
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lelis hernandez
17:57 02 Jul 21
For many months I was very stressed because my tenant was not paying rent or wanted to leave. He was working and refused to pay me. I didnt know what to do and I met up with Mcguire. He was very professional and we started the process. He helped me get my peace back. The girls upfront were always so Nice and professional. They understood my frustration and were always very patience and polite. Joanna and Karen kept me updated and were very helpful. Very humane treatment and not another client.
Jonny Salvador
Jonny Salvador
16:38 24 Jun 21
I found myself in some trouble and called Mr.Mcguire . I got represent by Mr.Bennet and Mrs.Pelaez and was very happy with the outcome on my case. Every step of the way Mr. Bennett always made sure I knew what was going on and helped me feel at ease and not worry about anything. Always recommend to my friends and if I ever find myself in trouble again won’t hesitate to call them again.
Kanisha Allen
Kanisha Allen
18:29 22 Jun 21
They are very professional of handling my case and I’m glad that I called them.
Jonathan Argueta
Jonathan Argueta
01:55 22 Jun 21
This business is the best of the best. I am amazed on how the girls that work there are so good at their job. Especially the girl that attended me her name was Merlyn she attended me with such a positive attitude and was very professional. I am glad that chose to come to this place.
JOSE VIDAL
JOSE VIDAL
01:37 22 Jun 21
El senor Chris fue muy eficiente junto con la senorita que pudo traducir en nuestra consulta. Ellos siempre han estado atentos cuando he tenido tiquets. Chris es un abogado que detalladamente explica que es lo que debemos de hacer en mis casos. Los recomiendo mucho!
the girls are wonderful and so is chris. he was very kind to my family and knew how to handle my speeding tickets. this is the second time they have given me the outcome i’ve wanted. their office is also very clean and beautiful. this firm is great for your legal situations
Anthony A
Anthony A
23:19 21 Jun 21
100% recommend. Everyone was so helpful and I was always informed about the details of my case. The communication was amazing. Chris explained everything really good and gave me a great outcome. The girls there were also very understanding and friendly over the phone.
I recommend this law firm 100%! Mr McGuire was very professional and so was the staff. The girls upfront are very professional and very communicative. From the beginning to the end of my case they were always informing me about what was going on. This law firm is exceptional!
Jordan Grant
Jordan Grant
14:04 14 Jun 21
This is a top flight Law Firm which handles all services. I’ve used there services multiple times throughout the years and have always gotten the results I’ve wanted. Everything is laid out for you and throughly explained and they handle it in court within a few days, followed with follow up emails and calls to make sure your completely satisfied. I have referred multiple people here and I’ll continually refer friends and family here.
Elvis Rubio
Elvis Rubio
00:44 04 Jun 21
Joseph Domaratius
Joseph Domaratius
15:38 02 Jun 21
Shelby Gillman
Shelby Gillman
03:46 27 May 21
Mr. McGuire and Mrs. Pelaez were absolutely incredible along with their staff. I highly recommend!
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Cristina Sanchez
04:21 30 Apr 21
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Bryan Roncancio
19:14 26 Mar 21
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20:53 11 Mar 21
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17:01 26 Jan 21
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23:02 23 Jan 21
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Maddie Loza
17:34 11 Dec 20
I needed help with a speeding ticket upstate and they were able to assist me and guide me to reduce my points. Their staff was amazing! Very helpful and respectful, any questions I had they always answered with a good tone and very informative. Thank you guys so much!
Ana Barrientos
Ana Barrientos
05:05 01 Dec 20
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19:51 29 Nov 20
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Veronica Salvatierra
13:12 06 Sep 20
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Julius E
03:28 04 Aug 20
Have used them many times, have never failed to deliver as promised, and even aid in the little things.
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Ingrid Campos
18:15 30 Jul 20
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20:43 24 Jul 20
My multiple experiences with these attorneys and their staff have all been 5 star! They are professional ,responsive, knowledgeable, polite and get me and my family results! I recommend them highly, especially Daslin Castillo. She is on top of everything and goes out of her way to provide the best service!
Karen Zeffert
Karen Zeffert
22:18 07 Jul 20
Went as emotional support for a friend. Mr. McGuire explained everything simply.
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Jarvin Lopez
21:00 02 Jul 20
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Dino Ramos
21:56 11 Mar 20
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