Self-Inculpation Law and Legal Definition

Self-inculpation means exposing oneself to prosecution. It is the act of revealing or showing one’s involvement in a crime. Self-inculpation can occur either directly or indirectly. Generally, self-inculpation occur when the person makes self-inculpatory statements. It is also known as self-incrimination or self-crimination.

The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects witnesses from incriminating themselves. They can refrain from answering questions if the answer would be self incriminating.