I've been retained as a false confessions expert in cases where the allegation
wasn't really a false confession but rather no confession at all. I get the feeling this phenomenon may be surprisingly frequent
-- a suspect, usually young and/or not well-versed in English, signs something that he doesn't realize is a confession. Defense
attorneys, prosecutors, judges, and jurors should all be on guard against this sort of thing.
Of the many good arguments against the war on drugs, one is the militaristic
tactics (SWAT raids and the like) increasingly used. There are quite a few proven false confessions to drug-related crimes,
and the aggressive tactics used by law enforcement in this area ensure that there will be more.