In order for a confession to be admissible in court, it must be voluntary. Coercion involves using force or the threat of force to influence a person to do something. Sometimes, police officers or others involved in the criminal justice process may pressure a defendant to take a plea deal or confess to a crime they didn’t commit. However, coercion is illegal and is a criminal offense.
On the other hand, if you were pressured by the threat of violence to commit a crime, this also counts as coercion. The court should consider whether coercion was a substantial factor in the crime when determining your guilt. Depending on the situation, this could result in lessened or even dropped charges.
Forced confessions will be counted as inadmissible or be impeached in court. If you were pressured into confessing to a crime you didn’t commit, our legal team can work diligently to determine whether coercion may be a possible defense for your case. On the other hand, if you were coerced into committing a crime, we can use evidence to build your case and represent you in court.
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At Patituce & Associates, we have guided numerous clients to successful legal solutions. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, we will talk with you to determine your options. Coercion is illegal, and we will tenaciously represent you in court as you seek to lessen or drop the charges.
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