If a witness may face criminal charges based upon the underlying facts of the dissolution proceedings, the witness may invoke the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination. However, it is not the witness who determines whether the privilege may be invoked, it is a question for the judge to decide. The burden is on the witness to show that the evidence is incriminating. Once that burden is met, the judge must uphold the claim unless it is clear that the testimony cannot incriminate the witness.
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