Asked in Military Law

Q: Is a lie detector test admissible in a court martial?

Can I be fired or found guilty for not doing a lie detector test?

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R. Davis Younts
R. Davis Younts
  • Military Law Lawyer
  • San Diego, CA

A: No. Lie detector test results are not admissible in court. But anything you say before, during, and after the test is.I would need more details to answer the second question. If your job requires a TS clearance then it is possible that refusing a lie detector related to a clearance screening would result in getting fired. However, no one can force you to take one. One option is to work with an attorney to have a private polygraph done confidentially. Sorry if this is vague but I would recommend speaking with an attorney privately about the details.

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