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confess

v. in criminal law, to voluntarily state that one is guilty of a criminal offense. This admission may be made to a law enforcement officer or in court either prior to or upon arrest, or after the person is charged with a specific crime. A confession must be truly voluntary (not forced by threat, torture, or trickery) and cannot be admitted in trial unless the defendant has been given the so-called Miranda warnings at the time of arrest or when it is clear he/she is the prime suspect, all based on the 5th Amendment prohibition against self-incrimination. The Miranda warnings are: the right to remain silent, the right to have an attorney present and that one can be appointed, and that his/her statements may be used against the defendant in court. (See: confession, Miranda warning, self-incrimination, Bill of Rights)

confess

verb acknowledge, acknowledge one's guilt, admit, admit guilt, bare, come forth, concede, declare, disburden one's conscience, disclose, divulge, expose, fateri, give evidence, inculpate, lay open, make a confession, make solemn affirmation, own up, purge oneself, reveal, tell all, turn state's evidence, utter, yield
Associated concepts: confess guilt, confess judgment, conness participation
Foreign phrases: Qui tacet non utique fatetur, sed tamen verum est eum non negare.He who is silent does not conness, but it is nevertheless true that he does not deny.
See also: acknowledge, admit, attest, avow, bare, betray, certify, concede, disclose, inform, recognize, reveal, verify
References in classic literature ?
With my whole heart I say it to you--I am resolved to confess everything
The 30-minute Confess all on video will be shown alongside her most celebrated - or notorious - work, Sixty Minute Silence, in which a group of police officers demonstrate their seliscipline by standing still for an hour.
The tendency to confess strikes some political scientists, survivors and others as suspicious.
Although it is belated, I gathered the courage to confess because I didn't want to avoid it any longer.
HARIPUR -- As an antiterrorism court resumed hearing into the Mashal lynching case here on Friday, the senior lawyer for the accused alleged that the Mardan police were forcing his clients to confess to the killing.
The court heard that she demanded to confess in the presence of her brother and they both signed the caution document.
Will he go through with it, or will he finally confess all to Priya?
During a meeting Saturday held at the state house in Entebbe, Uganda, by members of the NRM, President Yoweri Museveni asked corrupt officials to confess and get amnesty, or else they will strictly penalized when caught.
A source close to Howell said: "His only regret is Kyle has not supported him after encouraging him to confess.
Confess, is India's first anonymous social network app, created by mobility and internet solutions company Vavia Technologies.
Cheaters who confessed just part of their wrongdoing were also judged more harshly by others than cheaters who didn't confess at all, according to five experiments involving 4,167 people from all over the United States.
According to the Supreme Court of Nebraska, offers to confess judgment may be made by a defendant "in an action for the recovery of money only.