Which Amendment Prohibits You From Being Tried For A Crime Twice?


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Amendment number 5 states:

"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."

In other words, no one can be tried for a crime without a grand jury indictment (a formal charge that a person is believed to have committed a crime) and that no one can be tried twice for the same crime, cannot be forced to testify against himself or killed, jailed, forced to give up his home or possessions without being found guilty in a court trial.

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