State of New Jersey v. Marc Panchenko – The Impact of Waiving Miranda Rights
State of New Jersey v. Marc Panchenko
Docket No. A-0133-19
Decided August 26, 2022
Submitted by New Jersey Sex Crime Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark
In a recent unpublished decision, the Appellate Division of New Jersey affirmed the trial court’s grant of the State’s motion to admit Defendant’s statement to police. At the suppression hearing, the trial court heard testimony from the detective who led the execution of the search warrant at Defendant’s apartment and from Defendant himself. The detective testified that Defendant answered the door when she knocked, and that she provided him with a copy of the search warrant authorizing the removal of materials related to child pornography. Defendant let the team of investigators into his home, and the officers seized computers and electronic devices. An hour later, the officers set up a recorder in the Defendant’s bedroom, brought him in, and prepared to take a statement.
Prior to providing Miranda warnings, the detective explained that the officers were there as part of a child pornography investigation following a “cybertip.” The detective then read Defendant the Miranda warnings, but when she got to the waiver section Defendant stated that he would not waive his right. Following an exchange between the Defendant and detective, the Defendant ultimately agreed to waive his Miranda rights and provide a statement. Defendant testified that he had waived his rights and provided a statement because he felt “badgered” by the detective stating that she would not provide any more information about why the police were conducting a search unless he agreed to talk. However, the trial court ultimately ruled that the Defendant had voluntarily waived his rights. The court rejected his claim that his statement was coerced or improperly induced, and noted that Defendant, who had previously been convicted of a child pornography offense, was aware of his rights and the criminal justice process. In its decision affirming the trial court’s ruling, the Appellate Court stated that they agreed with the trial court’s assertion that the Defendant understood his rights and voluntarily agreed to talk to the detective to learn more about why he was under investigation.
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