Who is telling the truth? As a judge looks around the courtroom, they may ask this question and wonder, because sometimes it is difficult to tell at just face value. Because there are questions of whether or not somebody is being truthful in their accounts of a story, sometimes a lie detector test may be the tell-all. However, results of these tests are not always admissible in court – and we will explain why.
For or Against?
Different jurisdictions have different rules on how this is handled – some will allow evidence, and others will not. If a jurisdiction is opposed to allowing results to be admitted in court, they usually make this decision because they believe that the test may not be as accurate as possible. Depending on the person administering the test or the machine, the results could be affected in some way. Even when a jurisdiction allows evidence to be considered in court, they are still urged to present evidence as to why this evidence may not be reliable.
The reason why there is an argument in the first place is because somebody’s life could hang on the line based on these results – especially if you were charged with committing a very serious crime that could risk years in prison. The polygraph machine is attached to your body and the examiner asks a series of questions to gain results. The test will measure your physiological responses to determine if you were telling the truth. Even in jurisdictions where lie detector tests are not admissible in court, they may still be used as a way to use the information in your own way and receive answers for yourself and those important in your life.
If you have committed a crime or were charged with a crime you know you didn’t commit, you should always speak to a knowledgeable defense attorney. We understand your case and cases like yours, and can help you receive the best results. Call us today for more information.