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What is my legal rights about taking a polygraph and can it be used in court in virginia?

Yes I have a question about my legal right about a polygraph test like how accurate it is and also can it be used in Virginia court systems? I have been accused of something really embarassing and the police want me to take a polygraph but when I get around police period I go into a nervious state. My main is if I fail can the police throw charges on me and can it be used in court?

Asked By: Aeschyll - 5/12/2009
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You can always refuse a polygraph test. It is unreliable and not admissible except in rare circumstances. You will have to ask a VA lawyer if it could be used in your situation.The police may regard your refusal as some indication you are guilty, but if you have already been charged with something, they don't need it... More
Answered By: thylawyer - 5/12/2009
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You don't have to take the test if you don't want to.
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Answered By: serf - 5/12/2009
 
Polygraph results aren't admissible in court anywhere, because they aren't completely accurate... More
Answered By: Teekno - 5/12/2009
 
The polygraph can not be used in a court of law. My best advice is get an attorney and get one fast. You do not have to take a polygraph that is your choice not the Detectives investigating the case. Nothing good can come from taking one. It is not like if you pass the Detectives are gonna drop the case. If you fail it... More
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Answered By: Sexy - 5/12/2009
 
Polygraph test are inadmissable in a court of law for the exact reason you mentioned. That means a ploygraph test can NOT be used in a court of law anywhere in the United States. In most jurisdictions, if you work on an armored truck, around large sums of money or for the Federal Government you may be required to take... More
Answered By: Roadrunner - 5/12/2009
 
Polygraph tests are not admissible in court and therefore not required. They can help you if you want to help clear your name in a legal setting but they can be a legal pitfall as well.
Answered By: pasha - 5/12/2009
 
You are not required to take a polygraph, and if you did volunteer to take one, it could not be used against you in court. As mentioned previously, there is enough inaccuracy to not trust the results... More
Answered By: Mutt - 5/12/2009
 
Some States (NJ is one) allow for "stipulated" polygraph results to be admitted in court. If both the State and defendant agree in advance that the results would be admissible in court, they can be admitted. If there is no agreement, the results would not be admissible.
Answered By: Lexie - 5/12/2009
 
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