Legal representation before and during police interrogations

Criminal justice proceedings / Confession

Legal representation before and during police interrogations

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Summary

The purpose of the study was to ascertain the degree to which and manner in which the presence of a lawyer before and/or during police interviewing can affect the dynamics, results and significance of the interrogation in the criminal investigation. The study centred on four issues:

  1. How willing are suspects to make a statement during the investigation phase, and which factors influence this willingness?
  2. Can the presence of a lawyer (before and/or during the questioning) be expected to affect the suspect’s willingness to make a statement?
  3. What does this mean for the investigation and furnishing of evidence in cases where a lawyer is present?
  4. How might the consequences of this be addressed in the investigation in these criminal cases?

Publication data

Author(s):
Vanderhallen, M., Jong, A. de, Nelen, H., Spronken, T.
Organization(s):
Maastricht University - Faculty of Law, WODC
Place of publication:
The Hague
Publisher:
Boom Lemma
Year of publication:
2014
ISBN:
978-94-6236-426-4

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