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Fifth Amendment

Definition - What does Fifth Amendment mean?

The Fifth Amendment refers to the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution which sets out the basic rights that citizens have. The Fifth Amendment allows a person not to give evidence against themselves if that evidence is harmful to them. The Fifth Amendment also sets out the rights of each citizen in cases of arrest such as the right to a fair trial and due process. It also guarantees a person the right to a jury trial if the person wants, and the guarantees that no person be tried twice for the same crime (double jeopardy).

Justipedia explains Fifth Amendment

The Fifth Amendment also guarantees a person the right to property and in that sense ensures that if the state or government take any person's property they are compensated for same.

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