self-incrimination

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Act or declaration, during an investigation or in a court, by which a witness explicitly or implicitly subjects himself or herself to criminal liability. The witness may refuse to reply to the questions the answers to which may implicate him or her in a crime. This privilege, however, does not cover civil cases, and does not apply to an accused being tried for a criminal offense.

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The United States was partly built on the idea that the American citizen has a right to avoid the always lurking, self-incrimination.
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The United States was partly built on the idea that the American citizen has a right to avoid the always lurking, self-incrimination.
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If you ever get called in front o a grand jury it is best to use your 5th amendment rights to avoid any self-incrimination.
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