If the suspect cannot provide an adequate explanation for the evidence the interrogation could continue using one of the emotional appeals. Sometimes presenting evidence at this point will cause the suspect to confess or to lie when confronted with it, which may prove damning at some later point. If the suspect still refuses to acknowledge his involvement after presenting the evidence, the interrogation shifts to the suspectâ€™s knowledge or suspicion of who was involved. From there the interrogator either will discuss the individualâ€™s suspicion or talk about why he does not believe why the others were involved.
Another way of backing out of the interrogation is to use the behavioral interview, which allows the suspect to begin to talk. The interrogator asks the questions included in the interview and then slowly draws the encounter to a close.
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