Springfield, IL asked in Criminal Law for Illinois

Q: Can a police detective question his own son if his son has info regarding a case he is investigating?

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Audriana T. Anderson
Audriana T. Anderson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Wheaton, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: There would possibly exist a conflict of interest, so a police officer or other law enforcement officer should not be the one to question his or her own child regarding an investigation. Rather, that officer should have a different officer do the questioning. That protects the integrity of the investigation. If the officer does question his or her own child, there is potentially a basis by the charged defendant to challenge the investigation process.

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