At The Sanders Firm, P.C. in New York City, we are concerned for everyone’s rights, especially as they pertain to self-incrimination and law enforcement. We understand that law enforcement has a very important and difficult job to do, but we also know that every one of us has rights granted to us by the Constitution of the United States. One of those rights is concerned with individuals who accused of committing a crime giving evidence against themselves.
The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that a person charged with a crime may not be forced to “be a witness against himself.” In other words, when we face criminal charges we may refuse to answer questions based on the Constitution’s prohibition against self-incrimination. This right extends to us when we are in contact with law enforcement officials.