If you are being investigated, should you take a polygraph?

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If you are being investigated, should you take a polygraph?

I am being investigated for allegedly touching a minor on the outside of her clothes while she was spending the night with my daughter. I gave them a statement that it was not true. They

also talked to my wife and daughter who said it was not true. The investigator is asking me to take a polygraph. I do not have an attorney at this time. They have told my employer that I am being investigated and I am now on a temporary suspension from work. The detective also said they are going to test the accuser’s clothes for DNA. He said since it was an outside of

clothes touch they would be testing for sweat from hands. What should I do?

Asked on October 12, 2016 under Criminal Law, South Dakota

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

This investigation could lead to serious charges with life-long consequences. You should not speak again with the police without having an attorney present. And under no circumstances should you submit to a polygrah test without legal counsel. The fact is that you are under no obligation to do so. Being questioned without your having legal representation is to their benefit. They can try and get you to implicate yourself. The authorities are experienced in these matters and can use various tactics against you. At this point, consult with a criminal defense lawyer ASAP.


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