Exculpatory-No Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Exculpatory-No Doctrine is a principle of criminal law that states that an individual cannot be charged with making a false statement if the statement is a false denial of guilt made in response to a federal investigator's question. This doctrine is based on the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. However the U.S Supreme Court has overruled this doctrine in Brogan v. United States, 522 U.S. 398 (U.S. 1998) wherein it was held that "Exculpatory no exception, for false statement that consisted of mere denial of wrongdoing, held not to exist with respect to criminal liability under 18 USCS 1001 for making false statement.”