Formal or repetitive questioning. Most often, questioning done by the police of someone arrested or suspected of a crime. When an interrogation occurs while in police custody, it is referred to as a custodial interrogation.
See Custodial interrogation and Miranda warning.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
Vigorous questioning, usually by the police of a suspect in custody. Other than providing their names and addresses, suspects are not obligated to answer the questions, which must be preceded by Miranda
warnings. When suspects refuse to answer, their silence generally cannot be used by the prosecution to help prove that they are guilty of a crime. If the suspect has asked for a lawyer, the police must cease questioning. If they continue to question, they usually cannot use the answers against the suspect at trial. (See also:
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August 19, 2010, 5:18 pm