The Fifth Amendment protects people from having to testify against themselves. Therefore, the prosecution must use evidence and witnesses instead of the testimony of the accused person to convict them. The point of the 5th Amendment is to protect people from saying something incriminating. However, people who invoke this right and refuse to say anything are often thought of as guilty or have something to hide. It seems that either way you are doomed because if you talk, you could mistakenly say something that could be used against you but if you do not, people assume you are guilty. If you do decide to talk to the police, you could make mistakes when explaining where you were at the time of the crime or you could be tricked into saying the wrong thing, and those statements could lead to you being convicted of a serious crime.
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