Legal Question in Criminal Law in Louisiana

Can a wife be forced to testify against her husband?

Asked on 9/04/09, 11:37 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Adam Lambert The Law Office of Adam S. Lambert

Not about any incidents that took place during the marriage or anything that was told to the spouse during the marriage. A wife may testify if she chooses, but nobody can force her to. That is called "spousal privilege" and it is essentially the same as the better-known attorney client privilege or doctor patient privilege.

That's a very short answer. Like any other privilege, there may be some situations where the privilege would not apply, but that is fact intensive. You should talk to a lawyer directly about your specific situation and get some tailored advice about your situation.

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Answered on 9/14/09, 1:28 pm

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