Incriminate Law and Legal Definition

Incriminate means for a person to give evidence or statements that admits to committing a crime or to another committing a crime. A person has a right not to incriminate themselves under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. A person may refuse to give any information which would be an admission of guilt of a crime or lead to imformation that would show guilt.

The privilege against self-incrimination is a personal one and cannot be used by or on behalf of any organization, such as a corporation. Thus, a corporation cannot object on self-incrimination grounds to a subpoena of its records and books or to the compelled testimony of those corporate agents who have been given personal immunity from criminal prosecution.