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Interrogation methods to be aware of in Massachusetts

On Behalf of | May 2, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

If you are arrested, the police officers may interrogate you in hopes of getting a confession. It is important to be aware of the different types of interrogation techniques so that you can protect your rights.

The good cop/bad cop technique

This technique involves two officers. One officer will be nice to you and try to build a rapport, while the other officer will be more aggressive. The hope is that you will lower your defenses with the first officer and then confess to the second officer. If you are being interrogated, pay attention to which officers are in the room with you. If there are two officers, be aware that they may be using this technique.

The Reid technique

The Reid technique is a nine-step process that is designed to get a suspect to confess. The first step is to establish whether the person is guilty or innocent. Then, the interrogator may try to build a rapport with the suspect. Next, the interrogator may confront the suspect with evidence of their guilt. After that, the interrogator may try to get the suspect to rationalize their criminal behavior. Finally, the interrogator may ask for a confession.

This technique often gets criticized by criminal defense attorneys because it can lead to false confessions. If you are being interrogated, pay attention to whether the interrogator is using this technique.

The PEACE technique

The PEACE technique is a newer interrogation technique that involves seven steps: planning, engagement, accounting, closure, evaluation, feedback, and debriefing. The goal of this technique is to get a confession while also respecting the rights of the suspect. If you are being interrogated by police officers, for instance, you may notice that they are using this technique if they take breaks during the interrogation.

These are just a few of the interrogation techniques that you should be aware of. If you are ever arrested, it is important to remember that you have the right to remain silent. You have the right to request an attorney. And, you should never sign a confession until you have spoken to an attorney.