Discover Situations in Which a Person May Plead Guilty Even if They Did Not Commit the Crime
No one would plead guilty to a crime they didn’t commit – or at least that may seem the obvious true. In reality, there are several situations in which a person may admit guilt to a crime they did not commit. Keep reading to learn more. If you or a loved one is facing charges, be sure you work with a criminal defense attorney who can help prevent a false confession. You can request a free legal consultation from The Mattern Law Firm at 310-342-8254.
A Person Can Create False Memories of Having Committed a Crime
One study showed that it is possible to convince an adult that when they were a teen, they committed a crime. The study looked at college students who had not been involved in any crimes. The researchers completed three 40-minute interviews with the subjects to attempt to plant false memories. Half of the innocent students were told they committed crimes such as theft or assault when they were younger.
More than 70% of them developed false memories that they had committed the crimes. What’s worse, some of them even “remembered” elaborate details of going through the process of being questioned and arrested, even though it had not happened.
The Way False Memories Are Created
Researchers created these false memories in fairly simple ways. They simply got detailed information about the lives of the students during the time period the crime allegedly took place. In the first of the four interviews, researchers told the students about two incidents that happened during the student’s youth years, one of which was true and one of which was entirely false.
When the researcher told the false story, they included true details from the student’s lives. In future interviews, the students were asked to offer as much detail as they could about the two incidents that had been discussed in the first interview. The researchers found that the false memoires matched both descriptions of true and false memories.
The Police May Use Similar Tactics
Considering how easily the researchers were able to plant false memories is concerning for a number of reasons, including the fact that we have to wonder if the police are taking similar steps with similar results. In fact, they often use what is known as the “Reid technique,” which is coming under fire as increasing the chances that the accused will have a memory planted and begin to believe they are guilty of something they were never involved in.
The best way to combat issues with false memories and false confessions is to ensure you have an attorney with you at all times if you are arrested. As you can see, this does not just apply to those who have committed a crime – even innocent people need an attorney. You can request a free consultation by calling The Mattern Law Firm at 310-342-8254.