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When Facing Criminal Charges As A Soldier Or While On A Military Installation, Should You Participate In An Interview With C.I.D. (Criminal Investigations Division)?

The short answer is absolutely not! What most people think is “Since I did not do what I have been accused, there should be no problem with me going to C.I.D. and telling my side of the story.” The truth is that you could be about to make one of the biggest mistakes of your life.

What you will find out after hours (six to eight hours seem to be the average) of being interrogated is that C.I.D. are on a mission to make you confess. Everything you do and say will be used against you, and at times even twisted out of context to fit the “truth” according to them. You will find yourself being intimidated, name called, have your faith questioned along with your morals, all the while being told the consequences of what can happen to you if you do not cooperate… and by cooperate they mean confess.

During my time as an attorney absolutely nothing positive has come from a client that has been interviewed with C.I.D. Never in my experience has C.I.D. taken a position where they have determined that the alleged victim was being untruthful and the accused was then allowed to go about their life. Never has C.I.D. used their investigative resources to exonerate the accused. It is all a fact finding expedition to further the goal of finding you guilty.

One of the toughest hurdles in the defense of a court martial is when the accused has given a statement to C.I.D. before they have hired an attorney. Often times these statements include confessions, partial confessions, false confessions, coerced or otherwise, and many times the statements are taken out of context.

For example, the accused states “I made some bad decisions and I regret that night.” What was being communicated referred to drinking and being put in this position of being accused, however, quite frequently something like this statement is portrayed by C.I.D. to relate to the crime you were accused of. The environment and the way these interviews are conducted also cause false confessions. For a fantastic article about false confessions please click on the below article.

False confessions, new data and law enforcement interrogations: Research findings

What should you do when facing accusations and are being taken to the C.I.D. offices? Be polite but invoke your right to remain silent and right to an attorney. Do not waive these rights. Some people think it looks “shady” to not cooperate and “lawyer up!” Do yourself a favor and exercise these very important rights.

Before you talk to C.I.D., come see me for more information!

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