Can you get charged for writing a book about a crime you committed?

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Can you get charged for writing a book about a crime you committed?

I want to write a book about my life. Not to brag or anything like that but to open up how I have changed my life and to help others see its possible. I have been convicted of some crimes. However, there are some crimes I have not been charged for and are a huge part that

would be in the book.

Asked on March 25, 2017 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, if the crimes were committed recently enough that they are still within the statute of limitations (time within which charges must be brought)--which varies by crime, so we can't offer any guidance about how long that would be, without knowing what the crimes are--you be charged due to the book. The book would simultaneously be a confession and also point the authorities in the right direction for an investigation.


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