Admission of Guilt

Definition - What does Admission of Guilt mean?

An admission of guilt is when someone who is accused of committing a crime makes an official statement acknowledging that they committed the crime. This statement can be made orally or written down.

If the accused person makes an admission of guilt to a police officer after being arrested, this statement can be used as evidence in court as long as the Miranda rights were read to the person.

Justipedia explains Admission of Guilt

An admission of guilt is essentially a confession; the accused person is formally acknowledging that they are guilty of the crime. Whatever the case may be, if the person admits to doing it, then they are making an admission of guilt. If the person makes an admission of guilt, then they are taking legal responsibility for the crime and will face the punitive consequences associated with the crime.

Admissions of guilt can be made to a court or to a member of law enforcement. However, if an admission of guilt is made to a member of law enforcement without the Miranda rights being read to the person, then it may be dismissed as evidence in court. Miranda rights include the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, etc. They are rights that police officers are required to recite to arrested people, so that the latter are aware of the legal implications and rights associated with their arrest.

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