Did you falsely confess to a crime?
If you are alleged to have committed a crime and are being read your rights, I urge you to remain silent and ask to speak with an attorney. I have and always will recommend that course of action. However, sometimes servicemembers do not take that advice and they choose to speak to investigators or their commanding officers about an alleged crime of which they are a suspect. There are times that despite having not committed the crime, a servicemember will end up admitted to it anyway. This is called a false confession. It seems hard to believe that someone would confess to a crime they did not commit. However, it can happen when you are faced with a very pushy, tricky or determined investigator. When a confession is presented as evidence against you at a court martial, it is incredibly difficult to rebut that evidence. A confession is very convincing. However, there are ways to convince a military judge or a court-martial panel that your confession was indeed false. At a court-martial, you may be able to introduce evidence about what happened during the interview, facts about your weakened state at the time of the false confession and evidence about the way the investigator treated you during the interview. Although it is rare, sometimes, court-martial judges will allow you to hire and present a false confession expert. A false confession expert can look at the confession, speak with you about what happened and then testify to try to convince a military judge or panel that the confession was false. If you have falsely confessed and need to rebut that evidence at a court-martial or on appeal, you need someone with experience. Likewise, if you are facing a court-martial for any crime regardless of a confession, you need a strong, experienced advocate by your side. To speak to an experienced court-martial and military defense attorney, call Bill Cassara at 706-860-5769 for a free consultation.