Admitted to detective something I didn’t do because he kept drilling me about it so I gave in!

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Admitted to detective something I didn’t do because he kept drilling me about it so I gave in!

I was recently charged with a felony, possesion of burglars tools. I am not guilty, but I am only 19, and before talking with my lawyer a detective met with me and drilled me with questions and told me that if I just said that I was guilty that he would tell the prosecuter that I cooperated and that the charge would be padded down and sentencing would be minimal. So although it wasn’t true I told the detective what he wanted to hear. I am now pleading not guilty because 1. I am not guilty and, is there any way I will be able to get off of this charge even though I confessed to the detective?

Asked on April 21, 2009 under Criminal Law, Michigan

Answers:

GW, Member, Michigan and Hawaii Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

It's certainly possible. I assume the detective gave you the familiar Miranda warning ("you have the right to remain silent . . . "). For future reference, this is excellent advice. There is nothing they can offer you before you talk to a lawyer that won't be on the table after you talk to a lawyer. Now you need the advice of a good lawyer. It is indeed possible to "get out" of the charge, but only a lawyer who knows all the facts of your case can give you competent legal advice on this topic. If you haven't hired one, get one appointed for you.


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