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

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Adam Lambert The Law Office of Adam S. Lambert
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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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