Effective Defense Polygraphs

The polygraph examination, which is used and trusted by prosecutors, can benefit the defense team. Polygraphs can, among other things, corroborate a defendant’s testimony or help solidify the defense argument on a sentencing issue. Defense attorney Christophir Kerr provides practice tips by highlighting recent cases in which defense polygraphs helped save defendants from prison and millions of dollars in criminal forfeiture. The cases demonstrate the importance of working with a credible examiner, carefully crafting test questions, and consulting with a qualified scientist for evidentiary hearings.