Why the Fifth Amendment Is Much More than ‘Pleading the Fifth’

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 VNo 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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