Abstract

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the adaptive,
behavioral, cognitive, physical, and social impairments that can result from prenatal alcohol
exposure. Not only do these FASD symptoms increase the likelihood of victimization and
entanglement in the criminal justice system, consequences associated with prenatal alcohol
exposure may also contribute to a heightened risk of suggestibility. In criminal justice settings,
suggestibility may confer a proneness to falsely confessing to criminal activity. The likelihood of
false statements and confessions is exacerbated by the use of deceptive suggestions and leading
questions, which constitute some of the “best practices” of contemporary interrogations. This
article provides tips and interview strategies for criminal justice interviewers to consider when
interviewing individuals with suspected or confirmed FASD.