A privilege guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. It bans a a witness from being compelled to give testimony that is self-incriminating.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A witness's right to refuse to testify in court if the testimony might result in the witness revealing criminal activity and/or being criminally prosecuted. This right is guaranteed in the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, but is waivable under certain circumstances.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:22 pm