Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice: Am I Free to Leave?

In a 3-4 paper, using your own words and APA formatting, examine the difference between a voluntary statement and a custodial interrogation. Using at least two relevant court cases, be certain to address when and how a voluntary statement can become a custodial interrogation.



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In legal matters, a voluntary statement is a deliberate statement made by a defendant confirming that some or all the facts about the accusations made against him or her are true (Armour, and Savitsky, 1994). The statement is usually made freely by the defendant without coercion from anyone. In the US’s criminal law, a custodial interrogation or situation refers to an occasion when a criminal suspect is taken into police custody for questioning and usually involves restraining the suspect from movement even when he or she is not under …

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