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Incriminate

To charge with a crime; to expose to an accusation or a charge of crime; to involve oneself or another in a criminal prosecution or the danger thereof; as in the rule that a witness is not bound to give testimony that would tend to incriminate him or her.

incriminate

v. to make a statement in which one admits that he/she has committed a crime or gives information that another named person has committed a crime. Under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, a person cannot be forced to give any information which would tend to incriminate himself/herself. Thus, he/she can refuse to answer any question which he/she feels might be a self-accusation or lead to information which would be so.

incriminate

verb accuse, allege, ascribe, ascribe blame, assign, attribute, blame, bring accusation, bring charges against, bring proceedings against, bring up on charges, cast blame upon, charge, charge with a crime, charge with an offense, complaint against, condemn, connect with a crime, criminate, denounce, draw in, enmesh, expose, find fault with, hold accountable, hold reeponsible, impeach, impedire, implicare, implicate, impute, impute guilt to, inculpate, indict, inform against, insinuate, involve, involve in criminal proceedings, involve in guilt, lay blame upon, lodge a complaint, make a party to, place the blame on, point the finger at, prefer charges, prosecute, prooiding evidence, providing information of a crime, proving guilt, recriminate, stigmatize, suspectum reddere
Associated concepts: Fifth Amendment, incriminating addission, incriminating circumstance, incriminatory stateeent, Miranda warnings, self-incrimination
See also: accuse, arraign, betray, blame, charge, cite, complain, condemn, denigrate, denounce, implicate, indict, inform, involve, libel, lodge, present, proscribe, reproach

incriminate

1 to bring into the possibility of a criminal charge.
2 in Scotland the word incrimination is used in a slightly different sense. Incrimination is a special defence, of which notice must be given, whereby the accused offers to show that another person committed the crime. See SELF-INCRIMINATION.
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It may well be that I shall repeat that warning to you later, reminding you that you may refuse to answer a question if the answer tends to incriminate you.
It is one thing to require a person to incriminate him or herself before an examiner with the benefit after objection of use immunity.
During the opening of the trail into the Lockerbie tragedy the court was told lawyers acting for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrah (48) and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah (44) would produce evidence that would incriminate others for the world's worst-ever airline bombing.
He then filed an appeal, claiming (1) the information requested was irrelevant to the IRS's purported purpose; (2) the IRS's actual purpose was to compel him to improperly incriminate himself; and (3) the IRS's claim of using him as a witness was only to circumvent his Fourth Amendment privilege against unreasonable searches and seizures, his due process rights under the Fifth Amendment and the IRS's own regulations.
This will thwart hackers' attempts to delete logs, incriminate others, or flood the network with decoy log data in order to cover their tracks.
Co-managers John Thomas Dobe and Christian Verdon Atkinson refused to give evidence at the inquest on the basis that their answers could incriminate them.
The religiously conservative Anglo-Catholic officials seek information to incriminate other women connected to the opposing radical factions within the court, and they represent her as a heretic who has tried their patience and mercy beyond the limits of reason.
Starr subpoenaed Hubbell's financial records showing what he did with the proceeds of these deals, and Hubbell validly invoked the Fifth Amendment, claiming that the records might tend to incriminate him.
The Amendment not only protects the individual against being involuntarily called as a witness against himself in a criminal prosecution but also privileges him not to answer official questions put to him in any other proceeding, civil or criminal, formal or informal, where the answers might incriminate him in future criminal proceedings.
When the drug dealers discover they've been seen, they go after her to retrieve the video tape that can incriminate them.
But Guingona said the right against self-incrimination may only be invoked on questions that would really incriminate Napoles.
In the trial, Ofer military court near Ramallah will hear the testimony of an Israeli police inspector who took part in the interrogation of a Palestinian minor in order to incriminate Tamimi, arrested in March, said the sources.