Implied Confession Law and Legal Definition

Implied confession is an admission made by an accused from which guilt may be inferred, whether by words, acts, or, in some instances silence. It is a confession which is implied by law where a defendant, in a criminal case not capital, does not directly own himself guilty, but in a manner admits it by yielding to the state's mercy, and desiring to submit to a small fine. An implied confession of guilt cannot rise to the degree of certainty which will make it the equivalent of an express confession.[Commonwealth v. Shrope, 264 Pa. 246 (Pa. 1919)].