Norfolk, VA asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Virginia

Q: If the police tryna make me testify for a jury trial In I don’t want to what can I do

I dont wanna be label a snitch I don’t wanna go to court

1 Lawyer Answer
Thomas H. Roberts Esq
Thomas H. Roberts Esq
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Richmond, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: 1st - If your testimony may incriminate you, you have a right to plead the 5th Amendment.

2nd - Living in a society that values trials rather than summary convictions and executions puts a shared responsibility upon citizens to participate in this process. If you have relevant information you may be called as a witness and you are obligated to answer truthfully. You may refuse to do so, and the court may hold you in contempt, which may include imprisonment until you do so.

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