For someone facing criminal prosecution, immunity sounds great—and it can be. But immunity often has limits and caveats. Read about them here, and check out our material on The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination.
Immunity in Exchange for Testimony
“You have the right to remain silent” is perhaps the most recognized adage in our criminal justice system. This rule comes from the Fifth Amendment to the U.S.
What Immunity Means for a Witness
Immunity from prosecution is an important tool for prosecutors. They can offer immunity to witnesses for all types of crimes, even serious ones like kidnapping and murder.
Limits on Witness Immunity
There are situations in which the prosecution can’t offer a witness immunity from prosecution, and others in which a grant of immunity is limited.