Chapter 12

Written Statements, Admissions, and Confessions

Abstract

This chapter underscores the importance of obtaining a properly prepared and signed witness statement or confession. The chapter examines written statements, including all of the elements an investigator should include, evaluation of a sample statement, seven guidelines for preparing written or word-processed statements, and allowable use of statements. The chapter also discusses admissions and confessions, including guidelines on how they are obtained, historical background focusing on early court decisions and their impact on the private sector (People v. Zelinsky, Weingarten rights), related constraints on public sector investigations and investigators, concerns with imposing ...

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