Coerced Confessions w/ Matt Ladd, Maggie Arias, Jeff Weiner, and Joe Stone

Truth and lies. Some people live them, some people tell them, and some people mix both into one and don’t do either very well.

When it comes to the criminal justice system, it’s been said that there are three sides to every story: His, hers, and the truth.

No matter which category you fall into, there’s one thing you should never do: if you’re on the other side of the interrogation table, don’t talk. Not a single word, other than, “Lawyer.”

Remember, you have the right to remain silent. It’s your constitutional guarantee, and if you don’t use it, you could lose its benefit.

Confessions are not always accurate or truthful, but when coerced, the accused become their own worst enemy and the presumption of innocence is out the window.

When there is injustice for one, there is injustice for all. Welcome to Felony Miami. Let’s air it out.

Felony Miami Episode 16 with Host Joe Stone and Guests:

Matt Ladd – Matthew E. Ladd is a former prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. He prosecuted thousands of cases ranging from misdemeanors to felonies including high profile cases, cases involving violent crimes, child abuse, theft, and murder. After fulfilling his commitment to State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, he served then-House Speaker ,Marco Rubio, in the Florida House of Representatives. While in the legislature, Mr. Ladd assisted in the creation of legislation related to criminal justice, foreclosure rescue services, public safety, auto insurance, immigration reform, property taxes, homeowner and condominium association reform, and compensation for the wrongfully incarcerated. He also served as a Special Master presiding over Claim Bill hearings.

Maggie Arias – Maggie Arias was born in New York and moved to Florida when she was five years old. She was raised in Miami, Florida and graduated from Lourdes Academy. After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in criminology, Maggie attended the Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg. While at Stetson, Maggie was selected as a member of the school’s nationally recognized mock trial team, and placed as semi-finalist in the Florida Trial Lawyers Association statewide competition. As a former assistant public defender and a recognized trial lawyer, Maggie has handled thousands of criminal cases. Maggie brings her tenacious and aggressive style to defending the rights of the criminally accused and of immigrants facing deportation. It is Maggie’s personal and professional mission to provide the highest quality legal representation to all her clients.

Jeffrey Weiner – Nationally board certified in criminal defense, with over 44 years of experience. State, federal, and international criminal defense practice. Jeffrey S. Weiner is a former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a former president of the Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. He is also a former chairman of the Miami-Dade County Bar Association Criminal Courts Committee and of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers criminal law section. Additionally, Mr. Weiner lectures throughout the United States and is the author of numerous legal articles. Jeff Weiner also co–authored the 2010 ‘Federal Criminal Rules & Codes plus’, an important reference source for attorneys and judges throughout the United States. We Defend the Bill of Rights One Case at a Time® since 1974.


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