Can I refuse to testify if I feel I might incriminate myself

I was issued a subpoena as a witness and I don’t know why.

Asked on September 15, 2016 under Criminal Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You cannot refuse to appear or take the witness stand. You cannot refuse to answer non-incriminatory questions. In response to *specific* questions which may incriminate you, you may respond that you refuse to answer the question on the basis of the 5th Amendment (the right against self-incrimination), but that right must asserted question by question.

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