The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination

Look here for information on this crucial Fifth Amendment protection.

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The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that no one “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” But what, exactly, does that mean?

(For information on the privilege against self-incrimination as it relates to the police, see Questioning by the Police. And to learn about a way the government can make people talk, see Immunity From Prosecution.)