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Why Aren’t Lie Detector Tests Used in Court?

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Polygraph (lie detector) tests measure variations in a person’s breathing, heart rate and sweating to supposedly detect deception. But they’re controversial, and most places where they’re used make the results inadmissible in court.

There are many reasons for this, including concerns that they’re unreliable and inaccurate. In addition, they can violate a person’s right against self-incrimination.

Reliability

In a trial, judges and juries must make an important determination: who is telling the truth. It would be nice if a machine could eliminate the guesswork by showing when someone is lying. Unfortunately, the polygraph test, as well as newer schemes for detecting lies like eye tracking and fMRI brain reading, are not reliable enough to be used in court.

The basic premise of the polygraph is that people who lie will show certain physiological responses to questions, while those who are telling the truth will not. By analyzing these changes in heart rate, blood pressure, skin conductivity and respiration, examiners are able to identify patterns that are commonly associated with dishonesty.

However, there are many ways to cheat a polygraph test by controlling your physiology. Additionally, it’s possible for an examiner to make a mistake during the test, either giving you a false positive or a false negative. This can happen if you’re nervous or anxious during the exam or if the examiner is not trained properly.

Accuracy

Although it may seem as though lie detector tests can quickly determine whether a person is telling the truth, this isn’t always true. The accuracy of these tests is highly dependent on a variety of factors, such as anxiety levels, the machine used and the examiner’s skill.

In addition, people who are natural liars often develop techniques to avoid triggering the typical stress responses in polygraph machines, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure. This makes it challenging for a polygraph examiner to detect their deception.For more info I’ll suggest you visit the website UK Polygraph Association.

Moreover, people with medical conditions such as epilepsy, nerve damage (including essential tremor), and some heart conditions are not permitted to take the test. While these medical conditions won’t stop a person from lying, they can significantly skew the results of the test.

Ineffectiveness

Lie detectors aren’t a reliable tool to prove someone is lying or not, even when they are supposedly under extreme stress. The premise behind the test is that people who are lying will show signs of anxiety and nervousness, while truth tellers will remain calm. However, this theory is flawed as many innocent people can also feel nervous and anxious during questioning. Moreover, skilled liars can manipulate their physiological responses to appear truthful.

The use of a polygraph machine in court is highly unlikely, but some police departments will often request suspects take the test before interrogating them about a crime. If you are suspected of a crime, it’s best to consult with a criminal defense attorney before agreeing to a polygraph test. They can help ensure that the results aren’t admissible in court. If the test is, it can be used as evidence that you lied to the police and may make it harder for your attorney to build a strong case on your behalf.

Legality

Lie detector tests are so popular on television crime shows that they may seem to have taken all the guesswork out of whether someone is lying. However, the technology is far from foolproof. Despite the fact that almost a century of scientific research indicates that they aren’t very accurate, police and government agencies continue to use them. Among other things, they’re used to interrogate criminal suspects and to screen applicants for sensitive jobs, such as with the DEA and the CIA.

While some jurisdictions allow polygraph test results to be admissible in court, most legal systems consider them pseudoscience at best. In addition, there are many ways to learn how to beat a polygraph, which makes them a bad choice for determining guilt or innocence in a case. Fortunately, a person has the right to refuse a polygraph test and argue that the results are invalid. The judge or jury would then make a determination based on other evidence and factors.

 

Linda Barbara

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