Admissibility of Oral and Written Confessions Law and Legal Definition

An admissible confession may be oral or written, or partly oral and partly written. The fact that a statement is not reduced to writing does not render it inadmissible. An oral confession of a defendant is admissible at trial even though the defendant made a different, written confession, since a written confession does not cancel out a prior oral confession. A written confession need not constitute a literal transcription of what the defendant said, the substance of what s/he said is sufficient.