Homerville police stopped a Jacksonville woman recently after she was driving erratically and they say she admitted to killing her husband, The Florida Times-Union reports.
When people hear the Miranda Warning that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law, it’s true and this is a prime example. Statements made by suspects, especially someone accused of murder in Jacksonville are extremely important to the state’s prosecution.
There are times when an experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney may be able to keep those statements out of trial, but it depends on the circumstances. A bit of free advice — if you are suspected of a crime, don’t talk to authorities.
In this case, the woman was driving in Homerville when she was pulled over by police after they said she was driving erratically. Before they could stop her, though, she pulled to the side of the road.
She allegedly told the officer she was feeling faint and that she had killed her husband in Jacksonville. So, police there called the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. When officers went to her house in the 1200 block of Peacefield Drive, they say they found a man dead of gunshot wounds. Inside the home, officers also found a gun.
This is probably a unique situation, since most people who are pulled over by police officers don’t go on to admit they killed someone, but when people get nervous, some decide to talk to police. It’s usually not the right choice.
When most of us were children, we would try to explain to authority figures — our parents, teachers and other adults — why we weren’t guilty. We’d blame others, try to prove an alibi and whatever else it took to get out of trouble.
Adults are, in general, the same way. When many suspects get arrested, they believe they can talk their way out of a crime by simply explaining, or lying, to detectives. But police officers are smart and they are trained to detect when a person is lying. Therefore, this rarely works out. Police are legally allowed to lie and make up facts to confuse suspects, which can make talking your way out of a crime more difficult.
In fact, it usually ends up hurting the suspect in the long run. When a person is advised that what he or she says can be used against them in court, that means that a taped statement by detectives can be played to a jury at trial and will likely end up working against them. If a suspect keeps quiet, he or she usually has a better chance at having a successful outcome at trial because the police and prosecution will have all the pressure to prove the case on their own.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
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Jacksonville police: Woman tells authorities she killed her husband, by Clifford Davis, The Florida Times-Union