West Valley City, UT asked in Libel & Slander for Utah

Q: In a defamation lawsuit can I be forced into a lie detector test

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
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A: A Utah attorney could advise best here, but your question remains open for five weeks. As a general rule nationwide, without state law considerations, people cannot be forced to take a lie detector test - they usually volunteer to take one (and the decision is often made after consulting with an attorney). In terms of admissibility, the rules of evidence can differ from state to state, which is why it would be best for a Utah attorney to advise. You should consider consulting with an attorney as to what you stand to lose or stand to gain from taking such a test. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
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A: Addendum - In my post a few seconds ago, I said, " ...they usually volunteer to take one... "

While the meaning may have been clear enough in conveying that these tests are generally voluntary, I want to emphasize a point - I did not mean to suggest that people READILY CHOOSE to take these tests as a casual choice. What I mean to convey is that WHEN PEOPLE TAKE SUCH TESTS, the decision is generally a voluntary one. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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