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Q: If the arresting officer says that you're only going to 7 months If you give a statement Then Is going To court And

Receiving 10 years first offense Could this be considered Coercion?

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Jonathan Blecher
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A: It is almost always legal for police to lie during interrogations. Police have long been prohibited from using physical force during interrogations, but they are still allowed to use a variety of powerful psychological ploys to extract confessions from people. Allowing the police to lie to suspects is crazy, most countries do not allow it and for good reason, it is far too powerful a tool.

Oregon, Illinois, and Utah just became the first states in the country to ban police deception during the interrogation of juvenile suspects, who are especially vulnerable to false confessing.

The Innocence Project, in coalition with exonerated people, community organizers, and lawmakers, are working on a series of reforms to prevent false confessions that lead to wrongful convictions, such as recording interrogations, regulating methods/deceptions and pretrial hearings on reliability of confessions.

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