What can I do if I was asked to come to the police station and take a lie detector test?

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What can I do if I was asked to come to the police station and take a lie detector test?

The detective said it would clear my name. I spoke to them about a month ago and was free to go. I want to go to clear my name but have read a lot of horror stories on how they can twist things around and obtain false confessions. What happens if I tell them I changed my mind and don’t want to take it now? Can they arrest me for not taking it. If they already had something against me wouldn’t they just arrest me and have no need for a lie detector test?

Asked on April 23, 2015 under Criminal Law, New Jersey

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Understand that you can never be forced to take a polygraph or lie detector test so do not feel intimidated by the police or that it is in any way an admission of guilt.  In New Yor they are inadmissable becuase New York recognizes that they can give false readings.  They are rarely used in New Jersey courts but I would never make a decsion without speaking with an attorney first.  Seek counsel. 


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