Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952415 | Print ISBN: 9780761926498 | Online ISBN: 9781412952415| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Interrogation is a special type of interview. It involves interaction between the interviewer and a suspect for the purpose of obtaining admissions, confessions, or information that can be used later to obtain a conviction. Some experts limit the definition to seeking admissions and confessions, but this is overly narrow. The sophisticated interviewer may strive to entrap the suspect in a damaging lie that may lead to a conviction when that suspect will not admit to a crime. The interrogation, unlike most interviews, involves questioning a hostile or uncooperative interviewee. Just when a conversation becomes an interrogation is not always easy to determine. In a Maryland burglary, the officers took the suspect to the police station for questioning and showed him the tire iron used to pry open the door and told him that they were sending it out for fingerprinting. The defendant's statements made subsequent to this were deemed to ...