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What could cause juveniles to falsely confess to crimes?

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2023 | Youth Court |

Being the subject of a police interrogation can be scary for anyone, but minors in particular might not stand up well under questioning. In fact, young people run a greater risk than adults of confessing to a crime that they did not commit.

According to Psychology Today, there is a difference between how the brains of young people and those of mature adults react when questioned.

Lack of long-term consideration

The adolescent brain generally does not have enough development of areas that govern abstract thought and long-term planning. As a result, teenagers might admit to a crime if it gets them out of an interrogation room. However, they might not consider that a confession could land them in prison later on.

Police may lead young people

A common stereotype of minors is that they resist authority. In reality, many youths want the approval of authority figures when questioned. A word, a gesture or an expression of dissatisfaction might lead a young person to change his or her answers.

An officer could also ask a leading question or even lie. Given that young people are more susceptible to suggestion than adults, these factors could make a confession more likely.

Mississippi juveniles have rights

The prospect of your child admitting to a criminal offense may stir up fear and anger within you. It is important to educate your family on their rights so they do not make a mistake when speaking to the police.

Also, remember that young people have rights after an arrest. These include due process rights if they must attend a juvenile violation hearing. Fortunately, a variety of options exist to help you combat a juvenile crime charge.