Is a defendant telling the truth? If you are going through a criminal case as we speak, this is one of the major questions that a judge or jury asks themselves because, let’s face it, they have to be 100% sure if they’re going to make a conviction. This means that the defendants, witnesses, and more involved in a case face scrutiny as they are questioned on a variety of aspects in a case, to ensure that every detail has been visited and that a case has been perfectly put together from start to finish.
But are lie detector tests admissible?
Different Rules in Different Places
Different jurisdictions have different rules regarding whether or not a lie detector test is admissible. The United States Supreme Court has allowed jurisdictions to dictate the rules regarding who will allow test results to be admissible. Some courts handle it in a way where they allow certain results only when both parties agree to the admissibility. In other cases, they don’t allow any lie detector test evidence to be admitted. Part of the reason why this occurs is because there is still a question of how accurate these tests truly are. Many states believe that jurors would accept the results of the test without second guess, which could lead to devastating results for those who are not actually guilty of a crime.
Those who believe tests should be admissible believe so because they think that tests are accurate most of the time. These tests measure a person’s physiological responses to questions to determine whether or not they are telling the truth, and don’t leave much room for error. But the chance that there could be error is enough to scare people, especially when the crime is very serious.
California has its own rules when determining if these results should be admissible or not. California thinks the same way as Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and a few other states. They allow the tests if every party agrees to them. This means that California attorneys can present these results to the jury, and allow them to draw inferences as they wish based on everything else they have heard about the case.
If you have been suspected of a crime and a lie detector test is involved, you may want to seek the help of an attorney immediately to protect your rights. Since there is room for error, you don’t want your life to be in jeopardy when it pertains to serious charges. We can help at The Law Office of Peter Blair. Call us today so we can get started on your case.