Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Sexual Harassment for Virginia

Q: Can i refuse to take a lie detector test even after signing paperwork stating that i will?.

Im being investigated for a felony crime

1 Lawyer Answer
Susan Fremit
Susan Fremit
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Spotsylvania, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: It depends. If a condition of your probation for a sexual assault conviction is to comply with everything your probation officer requests and she/he requests that you take a lie detector test and you refuse, it could be a problem. In that case, you need to speak to the attorney who represented you on the conviction.

If you have not been convicted of such an offense, a lie detector test, which is inherently inaccurate, cannot, in usual circumstances, be forced upon you. However, it might be advisable to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney to review the details of what you think is being investigated. This public forum is not the place for such details.

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