Springfield, MA asked in Criminal Law for Massachusetts

Q: Can a police department ask me to take a polygraph without my consent with atleast a valid accusation or any other reaso

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William Barabino
William Barabino
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Medford, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: Dear Questioner,

Thank you for your question.

Anytime the police ask you a question you are not under any obligation to answer it. This includes during a 'polygraph' or lie detector test. However, police can always ask you a question if you are not in custody. They can certainly ask you to voluntarily take a test, but the answer to your question is no, the police cannot force you to take a polygraph test, whether or not you are represented by an attorney.

I hope this has helped.



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