Polygraph Tests

A polygraph test is not something I have used before in court, however, in cases where I have evidence that is not admissible I sometimes to share it with the other attorney to give them a more balanced view of the facts. You should consult with an attorney before doing so, but it may also be helpful for you to share the results with DSS and law enforcement if there is a criminal investigation ongoing.

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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Just before I was to relocate to my children’s town and request a more balanced time sharing agreement my former wife preempted my move by filing a false child sex abuse charge against me, claiming that I molested my little girl. There is no evidence to support her claim, save her word only. My daughter has not validated the claim to anyone. Yet, the DSS investigation remains “ongoing”.

To clear my name, at least in the eyes of friends and family, I took and passed two different polygraph tests. The polygrapher’s reports state that it is their professional opinion that I am telling the truth and that the event did not take place.

I understand that polygraphs are not admissible in court. However, I have heard that they are still useful for things like trying to demonstrate to the district attorney that I am innocent of the charge and to persuade him not to file criminal charges against me.

How can these polygraph tests be utilized to my advantage if they are not admissible in court?