Self-incrimination is the act of accusing oneself of a crime for which a person can then be prosecuted. The act of self-incrimination may happen either directly or indirectly. Oftentimes, a person directly incriminates when they disclose information that is self-incriminating during an interrogation and under pressure from another. Individuals have a tendency to indirectly self-incriminate when they provide information without the pressure from another individual and by nature is done so voluntarily.
References and Readings
- Levy, L. W. (1986). Origins of the fifth amendment (Reprint ed.). New York: Macmillan.Google Scholar