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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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(47) Yet, these individuals must realize that there is still a danger of information being passed along--such as incriminatory postings to law enforcement officials.
(327) Tey has issued criticism that deliberate delays in providing access to legal representation seeks to enable police to obtain incriminatory statements to aid their investigations, before a lawyer intervenes.
Through a statement, the San Felipe diocese said, "The Vatican has concluded that those accusations were not true and has established the absence of incriminatory evidence."
The dissent recognized an "impossible predicament" the defendant is faced with when asked an incriminatory question: the defendant can "either answer the question or remain silent," with each option a detrimental result.
The privilege against self-incrimination applies to the compelled production of incriminatory documents, to the extent that the production proves the document's existence, authenticity, or possession by the witness in his or her personal capacity.
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persons can be required to produce foreign bank records under the BSA, even when the act of production is clearly incriminatory (In Re: Special February 2011-1 Grand July Subpoena Dated September 12, 2011, no.
Despite this, exactly at the thirty-day deadline, the prosecution disclosed to the defense its DCC, a more than 6600 page "in-depth analysis chart," purportedly meant to assist the defense and judges in understanding the evidentiary basis of the prosecution's case, and an additional 1300 pages of incriminatory disclosure, including more than 1200 pages of transcripts of witness interviews.
To ensure that the evidence would not be used for an improper incriminatory purpose, the Chief Justice suggested that the trial judge should offer a limiting instruction inviting the jury to use the prior inconsistent statement to assess whether the accused was lying about being in Ottawa, but forbidding the jury from relying on the statement as proof that the accused was in Montreal and committed the robbery.
(58.) Perhaps based on ICTY practice where Rules 66 and 68 deal with incriminatory and exculpatory evidence; see also Ambos, supra note 1, n.29; Prosecutor v.
(124) Once divulged, the incriminatory data is used to demonstrate the need for continued commitment, (125) or even subsequent prosecution.