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Can i be forced to take a polygraph test

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Can i be forced to take a polygraph test
To my knowledge there is no state that forces anyone to take a polygraph test.

I can give you some situations where it is almost forced. An employer can threaten to fire an employee if they refuse. Insurance companies often request a polygrpah when investigating a suspicious claim. I have heard of, but never been involved with, several who claimed that a failure to take the polygraph gave them grounds to refuse to pay a claim as you were "not cooperating in an investigation".

As far as criminal law I have heard rumors that some conditions of probation include having to take a polygraph on demand of the judge or probation officer but I don't know if that is true. If it is true it wouldn't make much difference because polygraph results are not admissible in any states without agreement.

In the context of criminal investigations where you are the suspect they can't force you to take a polygraph.

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
not implying to the request I am not in fault to anything
The person that wants you to take the polygraph always assumes a refusal is because you're guilty.

The simple fact is they are not reliable. That's why they are not admissible in court.

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