Can I refuse a lie detector test?
4 attorney answers
You should not cooperate during a police investigation into potential charges against you. As a general rule, most people are supplying the police with additional evidence they otherwise would not have access to which ultimately strengthens their investigation to a point resulting in formal charges.
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If you are under investigation by the police, STOP TALKING TO THEM. Consult immediately with an experienced NV defense lawyer. Anything you say can be misinterpreted and then used against you. Stop helping the cops develop their case, especially since you are the target. Don't even tell them you are refusing the test. Have your lawyer tell them that you are a represented individual and they are to stop talking to you.
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Yes, you can refuse a polygraph and even a voice stress analysis test. Do not continue talking to the police without an attorney. You need to retain an attorney and should have done so long ago.
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney--
Yes, you can refuse the test. However, you should not even be talking to police without an attorney present. You need an attorney immediately, and one who specializes in criminal defense. You cannot believe the police and you cannot believe CPS. It is very likely they are playing "good cop, bad cop" with you. Do not take chances, get an attorney in your corner.
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