We at The Sanders Firm, P.C. in New York City believe that it is essential that each of us in the United States understands what self-incrimination is and how we can protect ourselves. Self-incrimination is the act of giving witness against yourself after being accused of a committing a crime. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and similar provisions in the constitutions of the states protect us from self-incrimination. Although self-incrimination originally applied only to a person during a criminal case, its protections have broadened to include other circumstances. The basic tenant regarding this civil right is that one cannot be forced to bear witness against himself or herself.