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Your Fifth Amendment Rights

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects citizens against self-incrimination and provides the right to due process.

This means that individuals cannot be forced to be a witness against themselves in a criminal case, and they are protected against self-incrimination by the Fifth Amendment [4]. The right against self-incrimination extends to juveniles as well [3].

The landmark case of Miranda v. Arizona in 1966 established a code of conduct for police interrogations of criminal suspects held in custody and held that statements made by suspects under questioning must follow minimum procedural safeguards [2]. Pleading the Fifth is a reference to the right against self-incrimination, and it allows individuals to refuse to answer questions during a criminal trial to avoid incriminating themselves [1].