When you have to testify against someone can you just take the 5 amendment.?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Nope. The fifth amendment applies only to self-incrimination. If the judge does not believe that you are actually protecting yourself from self-incrimination, you will be charged with contempt.

  • 1 decade ago

    The fifth amendment only allows you to refrain from saying something that would incriminate you. So if you met this person while you were robbing a 7-11, you could use the 5th to decline to say how you met. But if it's just information that you don't want to give, but it does not implicate you in a crime, you still have to testify.

  • 1 decade ago

    You can only use thee 5th amend. only when the testimony you are about to give will and can harm you. If you fail to testify against someone else then you could find yourself as a ward of the court sitting in a jail room until you decide to testify.

    Source(s): 13 yrs in law enforcement
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The fifth amendment protects you only from testifying against yourself, so if you would implicate yourself in a crime to answer a question you may take the 5th. But to take a friend failure to answer could result in contempt of court and a trip to jail. See Barry Bonds and Greg Anderson

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  • 4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The 5th amendment protects you from incriminating YOURSELF, not another person.

    If you are subpoenaed to testify against someone, you are required, by law, and it is your civic duty, to do so.

  • 1 decade ago

    the fifth amendment is to protect you from testifying about yourself, not someone else.

  • 1 decade ago

    Only if the testimony might incriminate you in some way.

  • 1 decade ago

    you can plead the 5th if your testimony will incriminate you

    the only other thing you can do is say that you forgot. they can't make you remember.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No.

    5th ammendment allows you to not incriminate yourself, not another person.

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