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earlier I askd a question about my refusal to take a polygraph

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earlier I askd a question about my refusal to take a polygraph test and got the response i needed.....the detective became hostile towards me when i told him i did not trust those machines..There is no direct evidence at all to connect me with the crime that happened as i am innocent . I have given statements both written and recorded.. My final question is this. Since there is no evidence, are the investigators allowed to pry into my personal life by looking at my bank accounts, phone records, tax returns, etc? Do I have to keep going in for questioning or can I tell them to leave me alone now as it has been a month since the ivestigation aws started?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  socrateaser replied 7 years ago.

You have an absolute right to remain silent when interrogated by law enforcement. You cannot misrepresent the truth (lie), or claim that you know nothing, when you do. But, you can politely explain that you understand their desire to investigate, but that you have nothing further to say.


Of course, they can arrest you and charge you with a crime, and then interrogate you until the cows come home. But, you can still refuse to answer. That's your constitutional right.


Hope this helps.


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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
can they look into my personal business such as bank accounts, phone records, without eveidence that i was involved with a crime?
Expert:  socrateaser replied 7 years ago.
A person has no protected privacy interest in records held by a bank or telephone company. U.S. v Miller (1976) 425 US 435 So, yes, law enforcement can look into your personal business.
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