The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects every American’s right against self-incrimination, also known as the right to remain silent. This right is essential to protecting people from being forced into false or coerced confessions by law enforcement. However, there are benefits and risks to invoking your Fifth Amendment rights, and you should know them before you invoke it.
Plenty of people have heard of the right to remain silent in the context of American criminal law. Despite it being common knowledge, however, not everyone understands it, or what its implications are. So what exactly is the right to remain silent, and what happens if someone violates that right? Continue reading “What is the Right to Remain Silent?”