Legal Considerations During Interviews
Interview School Course 06
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Legal Considerations During Interviews: Interview School Course 06
Class Description

We will teach you the importance of obtaining statements. Case law is filled with mistakes that police have made when attempting to find the truth. You will learn the legal and lawful methods for handling the legalities of interviewing, such as: Miranda, 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments, and whether a person is in-custody or clearly not-in-custody. We will teach you the different types of statements: admissions, lies, confessions, and self-serving, and how they can all help with the prosecution of the offender. You will be taught why statements obtained as soon as possible can be more helpful, whether from witnesses, victims or suspects. It is impossible to determine during an interview which statements will be important at trial, after the loss of evidence / statements through suppression, or missing witnesses, and often times the only way to prove guilt is through statements obtained by patrol or investigators.

Topics Include:

  • Miranda Advisements and Express and Implied Waivers
  • Right to Counsel
  • 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments as they pertain to statements
  • Admissions vs Lies vs Self-serving vs Confessions
  • Voluntary Noncustodial vs In-Custody Interviews
  • Predictability of defense based on suspect’s statements
  • Why statements are suppressed
  • Interrogations vs Interviews
  • Re-initiation of interrogation
  • Juvenile Interviews
  • Voluntariness of Statements
  • Officer / Detective Conduct
  • Threats and Coercion
  • Promises of Leniency
  • Deception