Police officers, investigators, and prosecutors place a huge priority on obtaining confessions from defendants in many types of state and federal criminal investigations. Why is this? Because prosecutors are required to prove every element of a criminal charge beyond a reasonable doubt in front of a jury before they can win conviction. This is very high standard to meet, and the circumstantial evidence of a crime that may have been used to arrest you - for example a tip from an informant or policy stopping you in the vicinity of a crime - may fall well short of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Proving that you had the intent to commit a crime is a particularly difficult problem for prosecutors.