Can my nervousness play a role in my polygraph test?

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Can my nervousness play a role in my polygraph test?

I am a suspect in a robbery that has happened in my mothers house. The detective has asked me to take a polygraph test I have agreed with no problems twice. I am nervous around some law enforcement officers and when I am put in a small room with people that I don’t know. Can or will that effect my results on the test that I am taking in 2 days at the police station

Asked on November 10, 2010 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

First of all, a suspect should not speak to the police without an attorney present, let alone submit to a lie detector test.  Legally, you are under no obligation to do so.  Whether or not you are innocent, you could unknowingly could incriminate yourself (or possibly even someone else) regarding the crime.  So do not need to speak with them.  In fact even if the police come to your home to question you, you are not legally obligated to answer any of their questions. 

Questioning you without legal counsel is to the police's benefit. Until you have a criminal defense lawyer by your side, steer clear of the authorities.  You need to speak with an attorney ASAP. 


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