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What Does "PLEAD THE 5TH" Mean?

i saw it on a commcercial wat does it mean

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  • 1 decade ago
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    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=100603...

    This best answer is probably THE best, most concise answer.

    Hope that helps. Thanks to the original poster.

  • firpi
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Plead The Fifth

  • Judith
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    4 years ago

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    A plea of NO CONTEST simply means that you do not wish to contest the City's charge against you, but wish to talk to the Judge about mitigating circumstances. Judgment will be entered by the Judge and some penalty will be set. A plea of no contest cannot be used against you in a civil suit for damages. Plead the fifth is a reference to the Bill of Rights. "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." Basically, you have the right to not make yourself guilty by saying something stupid.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In American criminal law, "taking the Fifth", also known as "pleading the Fifth" or "demanding the fifth", is the act of refusing to testify under oath in a court of law or any other tribunal (such as a Congressional committee) on the ground that the answers that would be given could be used as evidence against the witness to convict him or her of a criminal offense. Although similar to the right to remain silent when being questioned by law enforcement officers, and coming from the same source, namely the Fifth Amendment in the Bill of Rights, the right to refuse to answer when under oath has a longer history than Miranda rights.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The fifth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States provides a citizen with the right to refuse to give testimony which may incriminate them. Meaning if they feel what they might say could do them harm, then they have the right to not say anything. Pleading the fifth is stating that you wish to invoke this right.

  • 1 decade ago

    When someone says "I plead the 5th!" they are talking about the 5th amendment. They are saying that they have the right to remain silent.

    Ex:

    Boyfriend and girlfriend are talking.

    Girlfriend: "Does this dress make me look fat?"

    Boyfriend: "I plead the 5th."

    Source(s): mah brain
  • 1 decade ago

    In American criminal law, "taking the Fifth", also known as "pleading the Fifth" or "demanding the fifth", is the act of refusing to testify under oath in a court of law or any other tribunal (such as a Congressional committee) on the ground that the answers that would be given could be used as evidence against the witness to convict him or her of a criminal offense.

    So basically, it's using the right to remain silent.

  • 1 decade ago

    It basically means you have the right to remain silent. It's one of the ammendments. Most people use it in todays life by the following example. A bf is at his gf's house and the Gf and her mother are arguing. The mother asks the bf who he thinks is right and he says that he pleads the fifth. It just basically means your keeping your mouth shut so you dont get in troubel =]

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In American criminal law, "taking the Fifth", also known as "pleading the Fifth" or "demanding the fifth", is the act of refusing to testify under oath in a court of law or any other tribunal

    In everyday life it just means that you don't want to answer to an specific question (mainly because you don't want to incriminate yourself)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It means that your pleading the 5th ammendment of the constitution. It says that you aren't forced to say anything in court. You can just stay quiet and say this term, if you don't want to say something.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    pleading the 5th is a long time ago there was a hispanic named miranda who was caught by police and never read his rights and he admitted to raping and killing a girl, well he went to court and he plead the 5th amendment which is not to imcrimate oneself to a crime, and that is how we also when cops cuff u they read u ur rights liek the right to remain silent the right to an attorny and anything u say right now will be used in court and this is called miranda rights

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