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Polygraph Testing in Sex Crime Prosecution and Defense

Polygraphs are used both in the prosecution and defense of sex crimes. While investigating a sex crime for possible prosecution, law enforcement often will ask a suspect to submit to a polygraph examination, suggesting that completion of the examination will clear the suspect of any wrongdoing.

 

The results of a polygraph examination are not admissible in court to establish guilt; however, the results of a polygraph can be relied upon, along with other evidence, to establish sufficient cause to make an arrest and file criminal charges.

 

A polygraph measures blood pressure, respiration, pulse, and ski conductivity while the subject being tested is asked a series of questions. The thought behind this testing is that deceptive or untruthful answers will produce certain physiological responses while non-deceptive answers will produce others. However, the efficacy of polygraphs has been debated, and polygraphy is not generally accepted by the scientific community.

 

Nonetheless, a polygraph can be a useful tool in the defense arsenal when dealing with the investigation and / or prosecution of a sex crime. Your defense attorney may ask that you submit to a polygraph, and refer you to a reputable polygrapher. Should the results of that examination be exculpatory, your lawyer may choose to turn that information over to the prosecutor. Such information may sway a prosecutor not to file charges in a case lacking strong evidence.

 

If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact a Denver, Colorado sex crimes defense lawyer immediately.

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