Owings Mills, MD asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Maryland

Q: On the night my son was arrested I wrote a statement against him and now they want me to testify against him.

Am I required to do so? I read a parental privilege rule, embodied in Sec 25, Rule 130 where no person may be compelled to testify against his children but since I wrote a statement I didn't know if the rule still applied.

1 Lawyer Answer
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Towson, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: In Maryland, there is no privilege that prevents a parent from testifying against his or her child. You can be compelled to testify against him. The rule that you cite is not a Maryland rule.

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