Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Loughborough University Institutional Repository

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20181

Title: Intoxicated witnesses and suspects: an archival analysis of their involvement in criminal case processing.
Authors: Palmer, Francesca T.
Flowe, Heather D.
Takarangi, Melanie K.
Humphries, Joyce E.
Keywords: Deception and confessions
Eyewitness memory
Procedural justice
Public policy and law
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © American Psychological Association
Citation: PALMER, F. ...et al., 2013. Intoxicated witnesses and suspects: An archival analysis of their involvement in criminal case processing.. Law and Human Behavior, 37(1), pp. 54-59.
Abstract: Research about intoxicated witnesses and criminal suspects is surprisingly limited, considering the police believe that they are quite ubiquitous. In the present study, we assessed the involvement of intoxicated witnesses and suspects in the investigation of rape, robbery and assault crimes by analyzing cases that were referred by the police to a prosecutor’s office. Results indicated that intoxicated witnesses and suspects played an appreciable role in criminal investigations: Intoxicated witnesses were just as likely as sober ones to provide a description of the culprit and to take an identification test, suggesting criminal investigators treat intoxicated and sober witnesses similarly. Moreover, intoxicated suspects typically admitted to the police that they had consumed alcohol and/or drugs, and they were usually arrested on the same day as the crime. This archival analysis highlights the many ways in which alcohol impacts testimony during criminal investigations, and underscores the need for additional research to investigate best practices for obtaining testimony from intoxicated witnesses and suspects.
Description: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1037/lhb0000010
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20181
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000010
ISSN: 0147-7307
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

Files associated with this item:

File Description SizeFormat
Intoxicated witnesses and suspects An archival analysis of their involvement in criminal case processing.pdfAccepted version502.97 kBAdobe PDFView/Open


SFX Query

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.