I am a victim of K-1 marriage fraud. I met a Filipina on the web, fell in love, and asked her to marry me. As soon as I brought her and her little girl over, she abandoned me and accused me of molesting the child. That immediately got her free room and board at a city shelter, work permit, and freedom from a guy she never loved and saw only as a meal ticket and an air ticket. It got me into a snake pit. Lawyering up is a costly part of it, never mind the fortune I blew wooing Miss Right. Textbook K-1 marriage fraud. Miss Right and her kid flew in last September. Two weeks later she took a vow to love and to honor. Two weeks after that she took a powder. Last month I went willingly to the Philadelphia police for interrogation. The detective asked whether I would take a lie detector. I said, sure, I have nothing to hide. A week ago, she called to say she was referring the case to the D.A. (meaning, I was going to be charged). She called again today asking whether I would still take that polygraph. I said I would consult my lawyer. That's me, Mr. Pro Se. I think I should say no, not until my attorney has seen the complaint and all discovery material. Thanks a million! Rex Lear.
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.
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