FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
How do I tell you my problem?
You will actually deal directly with the examiner, but if you have questions on the issue at hand, e-mail us a summary and a list of facts, chronologically if possible, listing the key persons, with relevant facts and explain what you need to know. This should be done to prepare to explain to the examiner what you want done in a brief interview. Keep it as brief and factual as possible. Try to determine what would be the value to you if nothing was done in a worst case scenario.
Do you specialize in Polygraphs?
Mostly, but we also do Investigative and Legal related work. For example, an employee theft case might be best solved by having 3 or 4 employees take a polygraph, and then having an investigator observe the more suspicious person or then later ask them questions. Eventually, some cases involve legal research and opinions. Issues of possible criminal accusations are those which require a highly pre-emptive approach by the accused in order to avoid indictment or to have charges dropped.
How long does it usually take?
Depending on the issue, whether specific or multiple, it takes just 5 minutes now to reserve an appointment by making a deposit. Then a licensed examiner will talk to you to set a firm appointment, usually within a day or so. Then the examination is between 1.5 to 3 hours with immediate results and written report of findings in the next business day.
Who sees the results and what are they?
Relating to the exam itself, usually, the results are only given to those whom the person taking the exam (the subject) allows. A release must be signed by the subject for anyone else to get the results (unless a special court order is issued). For example, an employer may request a release in order to receive the report. In such case, the subject would also receive a verbal summary of results, if requested. Whenever discussing serious criminal matters, it may be advisable, if you are accused, to seek competent legal advice in addition to a polygraph. A good lawyer (hard to find) can be invaluable working in combination with a polygraph, if
the case is delt with early enough.
Do you require paperwork ?
Usually, the examiner will have a form requesting a description of the issue to be tested, and a disclaimer or notice that he or she will not be liable for outcomes of the exam. For employee testing, forms are usually provided by the employer and there is still a 48 hour notice and acceptance required unless a waiver is signed still requiring a 24 hour waiting period before the polygraph can be done (under most USA states).
Describe the exam
The exam is done in a quiet private room. The subject sits in one chair while the examiner prepares, then the examiner sits near and asks a few questions or explains what questions will be asked. This helps to assure that no big surprises or incorrect questions will be asked . The sensors are wrapped around the upper body and arm and one finger, and the person sits still. A few questions are asked to establish a "baseline", such as something known to be true. Then the questions are asked, slowly, with no verbal pressure, with time to think and remain calm.
What else is needed?
Nothing but the person, in medium to loose fitting clothes so the sensors can be hooked up around your chest and abdomen, external to your clothes ! Just a good and honest attitude is needed.
How does it work ?
The body has automatic systems. Even small levels of fear or discomfort over a particular question result in changes which the average person can not detect. Even tiny microscopic changes in skin moisture, changes in heartbeat, breathing, blood pressure are easily measured by instruments. Certain combinations of readings can even determine when a person is trying to not show any changes or is trying to defeat the instruments Deception is fairly clear to a good examiner. That is why it has a high level of reliability when in the hands of a good examiner.
How much does it cost?
The price ranges from about $150 to about $800, depending on the complexity of the issues and whether or not it is a legal case. Simples issues of employee screening or of a single simple issue or a theft may be done for $150 to $250. Typical issues of embezzlement or infidelity run around $275 to $400. Complex or legal cases, such as false accusations of child abuse run from about $300 to about $800. The mid low level of these ranges is most common. An excellent polygrapher may have to redesign and retest, usually within the original price. Your deposit on these will run from about $70 to about $150,
most often around $90.
How do I get started?
Simple, just give us the name of the nearest city and put a $70 to $150 deposit to reserve an appointment <click here. The examiner will call you or email you for details and to set the appointment at your convenience.