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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.

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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.

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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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A majority of the Court found that question was a violation of Miranda because it was designed to elicit incriminating testimonial evidence and was beyond the scope of routine booking questions.
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Ross,(17) where a Federal district court found that the incriminating character of the suspected contraband was not "immediately apparent." In that case, an officer conducted a patdown search of a suspected drug dealer and felt a matchbox in the defendant's groin area, which felt hollow when the officer hit it.
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Wilson,(20) the Supreme Court held that placing an informant in a cell with a formally charged suspect in an effort to gain incriminating statements did not amount to deliberate elicitation on the part of the government.
Huge quantities of incriminating material have been recovered from their possession.
The court concluded that law enforcement officers can be fired for failing to answer incriminating questions, as long as they are not asked to surrender their constitutional privilege against self-incrimination.
Incriminating evidence has been found and arms and ammunition were recovered from them," DIG North Kashmir, Atul Kumar Goel told ANI.
"From the incriminating material recovered, it is learnt that the killed militant is a Pakistani codenamed as Waseem.
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