In vino veritas? Police interrogation of intoxicated persons and the requirement of voluntariness

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Abstract

A problem has been identified in the present practices associated with the interrogation of intoxicated persons by the police. Existing public, police and judicial attitudes towards the intoxicated have been questioned in the light of the uncertain state of scientific knowledge on this topic, and in the interests of obtaining reliable and fair confessions. It has been argued that there is a need for a wider, deeper appreciation of the issues involved, and for changes in present interrogation procedures and judicial practice. Some suggestions for bringing about these necessary reforms have been discussed. It is crucial that the law becomes responsive to current knowledge and understanding on this question, rather than reinforcing outdated beliefs and attitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-69
Number of pages15
JournalMedicine and Law
Volume4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1985
Externally publishedYes

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