I work at a tanning salon. A lady is claiming I "stole"her rings after cleaning a bed when she left. This happened on a Saturday Morning but she called and asked if anyone had taken them on a Monday. She came in that night to ask me if I had seen them. She also stated she didn't know they were gone until Sunday. She had a detective come in and watch the camera footage. They said it didn't look like she had any on but couldn't tell. Today 3 weeks later being a good citizen I went to write a Statement as asked by the detective. They have no proof I have stolen anything. They have now asked me to take a polygraph test. Do I have to take one?
No you can decline to submit to a polygraph test but you are already under suspicion. And you probably should not have given a statement without representation. I suggest you get a criminal defense attorney right away. Use the Find a Lawyer tool on this site to find one to help you. And stop disclosing facts about what is apparently a criminal matter on the internet. I am also reposting this under criminal defense.
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No, you do not have to submit to a polygraph test if you don't want to, and I would recommend consulting with a criminal defense lawyer ASAP.
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You may need to speak to several lawyers. A criminal lawyer--and don't talk to the police about this without a lawyer. You should also talk to an employment lawyer. There is a federal law--the Employee Polygraph Protection Act--that may allow your employer to polygraph you, but that depends on whether they had reasonable suspicion to believe you were involved n a theft, and the employer has suffered a loss, You would still have a number of rights under that law, so go talk to a lawyer.
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You can decline. You are the suspect in this investigation.
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