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The Fifth Amendment, Protection Against Self-Incrimination        
It may be seen following a marine incident where a person from whom federal or
state investigators seek information asserts that he or she will not be comment or
answer and will invoke this constitutional law protection.
The Fifth Amendment is actually deeper than just the legal doctrine of
self-incrimination, but many people recognize this most fundamental element,
largely from watching the popular television shows on the criminal justice system
involving casts of police detectives, criminal defendants, prosecutors and judges.
What does it mean to plead the Fifth Amendment? It means that a person can refuse
to make a statement that may be used against them in a criminal proceeding.