Confession is the total acceptance of guilt concerning involvement in the execution of a crime, while admission is any statement or declaration made by the suspect that is a partial acceptance of the offence (Faraday, 1949). A confession is an individual’s acceptance of guilt in a crime committed. Admission on the other hand, is when an individual acknowledges some things asserted or some facts that are close to the crime committed, but might not have committed the crime. Confession is an acceptance of guilt, while admission is not a total acceptance of guilt.
In the court of law, when someone confesses a crime the person is said to have owned up to the crime and the person has fully accepted the guilt of that crime, but when an individual admits to the statement of an investigator concerning a crime that does not necessarily mean the person committed the crime and does not imply an acceptance of guilt of the crime. There are several compromises that would be made in the investigation process when an interrogator puts all of his or her energy into obtaining a confession from suspected criminals rather than collecting evidence.
Firstly, the suspect would not be allowed to tell his own side of the story and the truth surrounding the case would not be unraveled as the suspect would be forced to hurriedly confess about the crime they don’t know about. Secondly, the case might not lead to a logical conclusion as the necessary facts and evidences necessary in prosecuting the interrogation are not available for a fair and accurate judgment.
Thirdly, during an interrogative process, the rights of the individual being interrogated must not be violated, but when an interrogator uses all of his or her energy in obtaining a confession the rights of the suspect could or would be violated, which is not meant to be as the free rights to evidence and proper hearing of the suspect has been tampered upon. Reference Faraday, S. J. (1949). Validity of the Admission-Confession Distinction for Purposes of Admissibility . Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (1931-1951) , 39 (6 ), 743-750.