can a wife be made to testify against her husband

Asked on June 12, 2009 under Criminal Law, Alabama

Answers:

J.V., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

as a general rule the law of evidence includes a privilege extended to a married couple so that neither a husband nor a wife can be compelled to testify against a spouse. This rule was designed to protect intrafamily relations and privacy. In addition, it was meant to promote communication between husbands and wives by making revelations between them strictly confidential.

However I am not admitted in AL so would advise you to consult a local attorney to verify this holds true in your area. They also may be able to counsel you regarding the situtation you dont want to testify about


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