Should I take a lie detector test at this point??
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Well, your first mistake was going in to talk to the detectives without a lawyer in the first place. Assuming you didn't confess to anything criminal, your best bet now is to lawyer up. I would consult an experienced Criminal Defense attorney. You can always have your own lie detector done and present that to the DA in arguing why you should not be charged, but time is of the essence. Most of the guys doing private lie detector tests are ex-law enforcement anyway, so unlikely they will dispute results if you use one of them. AND, you control situation if you do that and results are "shaky". You don't have to turn it over, since it can't be used at trial anyway. If you go to them and use their guy, and they interpret the results as against you in any way, then they will use that as justification for charging you and likely won't deal with you because they will believe you are guilty. The way I suggest you are protected from that. If you do get a positive test though, want to get that to the DA BEFORE they make their charging decision, not after. You want to make it harder for them to charge you. A good result will make it look more like she is lying, which is why they want to give you a lie detector in the first place. Helps them with the "he/said, she/said" aspect of the case. The mere fact they are asking you to take the test indicates that they are not sure she is telling the truth.