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The Fifth Amendment says that a person does not have to testify against himself.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

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The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says, in part, "...nor shall any person . . . be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, . . ." MrV

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the fifth amendment in the Bill of Rights. just look it up.

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5th amendment. In most cases, your husband or wife doesn't have to testify against you either.

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The Fifth Amendment.

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What does taking the 5th mean?

"Taking the fifth" or "pleading the fifth" means invoking the protection of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution--the one that guarantees us the right not to incriminate ourselves. As a witness on the witness stand in court, you can refuse to answer a question if you think the answer might put you in a bad spot with respect to the law. The Wikipedia article on the Fith Amendment (link below) says this: "The Fifth Amendment protects witnesses from being forced to incriminate themselves. To 'plead the fifth' is a refusal to answer a question because the response could form self incriminating evidence."


What does the sixth amendment guarantee us?

• The right to a speedy trial! • The right to a public trial! • The right to notified of the nature and circumstances of the alleged crime! • The right to confront a witness who will testify against the accused! • The right to find a witness who will speak in favor of the accused! •The right to a lawyer! •J


What are you doing when you plea the 5th?

When you plea the fifth, you are saying that you refuse to answer the question because the answer might incriminate you. It comes from the fifth amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says, "...nor shall [a citizen] be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,..." Any witness can plea the fifth if they so choose.


Which of these means the same as taking the Fifth Amendment?

When a witness or defendant testifies under oath and doesn't want to answer a specific question because doing so might be incriminating, he or she might respond with "I plead the fifth" or "I take the fifth" or "I refuse to answer on the grounds that this may incriminate me."


What are the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution?

1st Amendment - Freedom of Speech, Religion, and Press and freedom to assemble. 2nd Amendment - the right to keep and bear arms. 3rd Amendment - guards against forced quartering of troops. 4th Amendment - unreasonable searches and seizures. 5th Amendment - guarantees trial by jury, guards against double jeopardy and self-incrimination. 6th Amendment - defines the rights of the accused: speedy trial, to be informed of charges against you, the right to have an attorney. 7th Amendment - lays out the rules of Common Law. 8th Amendment - protects against cruel and unusual punishment. 9th Amendment - ensures that the individual rights not enumerated in the Constitution are protected 10th Amendment - Limits the power of the federal government.

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What amendment give you the right not to testify against yourself?

5th amendment. "No person... shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself."


Which amendment to the Constitution holds that no one can be compelled to be a witness against himself?

Fifth amendment


When does the 5th amendment apply -Basically I was busted at a bar underage but the charges were dropped soon after. I now received a subponea to testify against the bar. Can I use the 5th amendment?

No. The Fifth amendment applies to giving testimony against yourself. Since the charges against you were dropped, you have no protection against self-incrimination. You are now simply a witness to the events in or at the bar and can be forced to testify.


In amendment 5 a person doesn't have to be a witness against what?

Themselves. They don't have to testify against themselves.


What constitutional amendment guarantees you cannot be incarcerated without a court proceeding?

The 6th gives you the right to a speedy trial, a lawyer, and the right to confont your witness.


What amendment says your cannot testify against oneself?

Amendment 5- This states that there can be no self-incrimination and/or Double Jeopardy.


Can a judge or investigatory body refuse to accept a witness fifth amendment self incrimination claim?

No, they can not. That is what the Fifth Amendment is all about, you can not be forced to incriminate yourself.


How do you as a witness defend yourself against defence trying to impeach you?

Be honest.


Is the right to confront a witness against you a civil right?

Yes, it is covered by the Sixth Amendment which says that you have the right "to be confronted with the witnesses against him."


What 5th and 6th Amendment rights does a suspect have when put before a witness immediately after a crime?

The 5th amendment addresses the right of a suspect against self-incrimination and the 6th amendment guarantees the right to a speedy trial. Neither of these amendments are applicable to a suspect when they are ordered to appear at a "line-up" viewing.


What amendment permits a man to refuse to testify against himself?

The 5th Amendment to the US Constitution provides that no one can be compelled to be a witness against himself.


The Right against self-incrimination is protected by which amendment to the US Constitution?

The fifth amendment applies to self incrimination in court. What it basically says is that you can not be called as a witness against yourself. You can choose to testify in your own defense but you are essentially waiving your 5th amendment right so it would no longer apply. Saying, "I plead the 5th," in court doesnt work. If you put yourself on the stand you've already waived that right. Miranda "rights" are from Miranda V Arizona and only apply when you are in custody and being interrogated. Miranda isn't covered by the constitution and it comes from case law (why I put "rights" in quotes).