Originally Posted by SteelersinCA
This is absolute bullshit. A defendant THINKS he wants to talk to the police because they THINK they can talk themselves out of it. So many times I've had clients want to tell their side of the story because they THINK it will help. It never does. Meager benefits?? Incriminating yourself further is a meager benefit? Ridiculous.
My only issue with this is that if a Defendant chooses to give the information and you can record the entire session (not just on a voice recorder either...full video so that you can read body language and such) I don't see why it can't be admitted as evidence. However, the entirety of it needs to be shown to a lawyer so that they can then refute questioning and such.
That's just my take. I'm not saying that we should take away the right to an attorney...because everyone should have the right to legal counsel...but if you choose not to use it, who's fault is that?