Fifth Amendment

By: Mady W.

What's The Fifth Amendment?

The Fifth Amendment protects you from being held for a crime, unless the police have the real criminal or enough proof or evidence. The Amendment makes sure that the states and country are aware of your legal rights.

When Did The Fifth Amendment get Into the Constitution?

The Fifth Amendment was introduced on September 25, 1789. Three fourth of the states voted for it on December 15, 1791. The Fifth Amendment was brought to the Constitution by James Madison.

Fifth Amendment

"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
You can't be put on trial unless the grand jury or police have the right amount of evidence or proof that can be used in a trial. People who are in the military are able to go to trial without the grand jury's agreement. The person in the military can only be charged during a national war or emergency. If the trial fails the first time, that person can't be prosecuted again for the same thing. The government is not able to make a person testify against themselves, instead they use witness and evidence. The government can't take away a person's right of life, property and freedom without going through many steps to insure a fair chance. The government can't take away their property and use it for public use without paying them back for what was taken.

How it Affects Me?

The Fifth Amendment protect me for the government who have to know and understand my rights. The Fifth Amendment allows you not to be held unless the police have proof or enough evidence to go to trial. Not only does the Fifth Amendment protect your life, it also protects your property and your freedom.


The Fifth Amendment protects you right when being held, unless the police have enough proof or evidence.