Can you refuse to testify against your child?

Can you refuse to testify against your child?

Husbands and wives don’t have to testify against each other in court, but for the most part, there is no such protection between parents and children. Opponents say the parent-child privilege can’t come at the expense of justice for victims.

Do kids have to testify against their parents?

California does not have a minimum age requirement in order for a child to be permitted to testify in court. Instead, judges are given discretion to determine whether a child is competent to testify. When asked by a court evaluator who told him to say that his father hit his mother, he answered, “my mommy.”

Can a wife give evidence against husband?

Spouses or civil partners of a person charged in proceedings are generally competent to give evidence for the prosecution. Spouses or civil partners are competent and compellable to give evidence on behalf of the Defendant or the Defendant’s co-accused.

What happens after you make a statement to the police?

If you give a written statement, the police will normally ask to come to your home or ask you to visit the police station. Once the statement has been written, the police officer will ask you to read it to check it’s accurate. You can ask the police officer to read your statement to you.

Should I make a statement to the police?

First, you should know that you do not have to provide a statement to the police. Any statement you provide to the police could be held against you, even if you believe you aren’t guilty. You have the right to remain silent when asked to provide a statement, and you should always exercise this right.

How do I make a statement to the police?

Tell the police, in your own words, everything you remember about what happened. Sometimes the questions police must ask might be difficult or embarrassing to answer. Try not to leave anything out, even if you don’t think it is important. In some cases, police may record a video of you giving your statement.