Should I speak with a lawyer before taking a lie detector test?
Today Iwent into the local sheriff's office to take a polygraph test to prove that I knew nothing of a theft committed. But when I arrived, the investigator preforming the test pulled me into his office and asked if anyone had threatened me to take the test. I informed him that the investigator handling the case and the man who was robbed had threatened me with putting a warrant out for my arrest. So the investigator doing the test told me he would lose his licence if he gave me the test due to the fact I was being forced to take it. However, the officer handling the case is still threading to put a warrant out. What can I do?
First of all, under no circumstances should you speak with the police without an attorney present. Legally, you are under no obligation to do so. Innocent though you may be, you could unknowingly say something that would incriminate yourself (or possibly even someone else) regarding the crime. The fact of the matter is that even if the police come to your home to question you, you are not legally obligated to answer any of their questions. So do not need to speak with them.
Questioning you without legal counsel is to their benefit. This is why they are trying to intimidate you. Until you have an attorney, steer clear of the authorities. In fact, at this point you should consult with an attorney ASAP.