By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides in relevant part, “(No person)… shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.”
It’s really an amazing right when you think about it. In America, not only do we have the right to be free of having to “explain yourself” when accused of a crime — taken a step further — you have the right to deny guilt to your grave if you so choose. Your government can never force you to say you’re guilty regardless of how long they imprison or threaten imprisonment of any person.
The Fifth Amendment in many ways is what separates us from countries with backward senses of justice.
I try to explain this to jurors very simply. In America, we focus on the evidence from the accusers. In other countries, they…
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