Why the Fifth Amendment Is Much More than 'Pleading the Fifth'

Updated: May 19, 2018

The fifth amendment to the U.S. constitution guarantees many rights for citizens accused of crimes, not the least of which is the protection against self-incrimination.



Amendment V 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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