Battle Creek, MI asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan

Q: I am a witness of a situation, and I was wondering what would happen to the suspect if I plead the fifth.

I know some things about what happened to the victim and if I plead the fifth on some questions, I don't know what would happen.

2 Lawyer Answers

A: Unless you have been charged--or are being charged--for a crime yourself you cannot invoke the fifth amendment to shield the suspect. Nor can you invoke the fifth amendment "on some questions" but not others.

Brent T. Geers agrees with this answer

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Aside from what Mr. Minnick said, most reluctant witnesses discover through trial that the "key" they think they hold is already well known to the prosecutor.

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