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Terrified of taking a polygraph!!!!
Aug 12th, 2012 at 5:20pm
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I am on sex offender registration, and I am thoroughly terrified to take a polygraph. My lawyer says if I fail they cannot violate my probation, but that doesn't make any sense to me, maybe he hasn't elaborated enough. But if I pass by answering questions honestly, they can take anything as an admission, and screw me on something in the past or screw me on a violation of probation. It seems like a lose lose. Is it better to be honest and answer all questions even incriminating ones? or is it better to lie about certain things. I've read "The Lie Behind The Lie Detector" But I don't think my breathing is gonna get me out of this. I'm so fucking scared, im 19 and don't want to go to jail as a Sex Offender  Embarrassed
  
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Re: Terrified of taking a polygraph!!!!
Reply #1 - Aug 12th, 2012 at 10:33pm
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I would recommend speaking to your lawyer prior to making any admissions which could incriminate you.
  
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Reply #2 - Aug 15th, 2012 at 10:36pm
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Don't over analyze it and above all don't admit to anything. They can only throw you in jail on actual violations (and they get those from admissions). If you're telling the truth, you might pass. Good luck.
  
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Reply #3 - Aug 20th, 2012 at 10:27am
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Is it better to be honest and answer all questions even incriminating ones? or is it better to lie about certain things.



I use to be a firm believer in the justice system and I tried my best to pass that belief to my children.  Until I had a legal problem of my own.  trust me when I tell you.  DO NOT ADMIT TO ANYTHING EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO LIE.  I feel ashamed in giving that advice, but you must know that there is no justice in the court system.  It is a game of dollars and cents, conviction ratings and elections. My apologies if my OPINION is offensive to anyone.  I don't believe one can grasp the scope of my position unless they themselves have experienced an issue first hand.  My personal issue is to heart wrenching to speak of, but back to the point.  If you value your freedom over their career, then you will do the right (wrong) thing.   

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Reply #4 - Aug 20th, 2012 at 8:54pm
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"im 19 and don't want to go to jail as a Sex Offender"

Best advice is: Don't commit sexual offenses and you won't be in jail.  Your plight is normal for those in SOTP's nationwide.  Should you be honest or should you lie?  Ask your attorney, see what the ramifications are for both, and don't commit any sexual offenses in the future.
  
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Reply #5 - Aug 21st, 2012 at 4:25am
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[Bill_Brown wrote on Aug 20th, 2012 at 8:54pm:
Best advice is: Don't commit sexual offenses and you won't be in jail.Your plight is normal for those in SOTP's nationwide.Should you be honest or should you lie?Ask your attorney, see what the ramifications are for both, and don't commit any sexual offenses in the future. 


  That would be the best advice for a person who is not on the sex offender list.

  However to those who are on the sex offender list, that would not be the most logical recourse.  If you don't want to go to jail (self preservation)and if you have done something that may violate your probation.  It could simply be something as little as being out side a minute or two after a nine o'clock curfew, or even seeing naked breast on the television by mistake. Also when it is prohibited without a computer nanny device and the judges permission to be on the internet ( especially on a community web site interacting on forums).  That being said,.... DO NOT ADMIT TO ANYTHING EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO LIE.  (If your are nervous because of making a sexual offense. I would suggest you do the RIGHT thing, as quickly as possible.)
  
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Reply #6 - Aug 21st, 2012 at 5:18pm
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PooWhip,

The purpose of treatment is getting offenders to change the way they process information and respond appropriately.  As one in treatment you seem to be stuck in your old methods of thinking.  Why not just conform to the norms of society and correct the thinking errors.  There are consequences for violations of rules.
  
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Reply #7 - Aug 21st, 2012 at 7:24pm
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Bill_Brown wrote on Aug 21st, 2012 at 5:18pm:
The purpose of treatment is getting offenders to change the way they process information and respond appropriately.



  I agree with this statement.  However I am confused to why it was made.

  I admit, that I am ignorant of the individuals guilt, conviction and all the facts of his case.  I thought that I read the statement as a question on what to do as far as staying out of jail regarding the polygraph.  Maybe you have more insight on this persons case and mind set.  It would appear to be so.  Either way, I do hope the person receives the proper help( if needed ).  It also saddens me to hand such hypocritical advice.   




Bill_Brown wrote on Aug 21st, 2012 at 5:18pm:
As one in treatment you seem to be stuck in your old methods of thinking.




  Your assuming, that my old methods of thinking are impaired by those that are sexually deviant. You are mistaken.

It's a shame that most assume that those who have been convicted are always guilty.  Perhaps painting with such a broad brush should be reconsidered.

Bill_Brown wrote on Aug 21st, 2012 at 5:18pm:
Why not just conform to the norms of society and correct the thinking errors.


  The norms of society? That is another debate.

  I would agree with the morality of man(right vs wrong) that one should try any means to correct their way of thinking in matters such as these.

  It is mind boggling that you don't know me or my circumstance but you are confident in such bold and assuming statements towards me.

  Question:  Would you explain the attacks and obvious per-judged elements you have towards me and all those who have a convictions under their belt?

Bill_Brown wrote on Aug 21st, 2012 at 5:18pm:
There are consequences for violations of rules. 


  Thank you, for a moment the obvious had eluded me.

  I have read multiple times on this site and others of the damning results that could come from such a thing as the polygraph test.  My advice to the person seeking it, was not to stir a debate but to give said advice to the question at hand.

  If the polygraph is truly a manipulative device, shouldn't those who are subject to it, do what they must knowing the chances of failing even if they are being honest.  Regardless of convictions or other circumstances.

  I had forgotten that they revoked my humanity card when I went to register on the sex offender list.


  
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Re: Terrified of taking a polygraph!!!!
Reply #8 - Aug 21st, 2012 at 9:19pm
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Excellent post PooWhip

I am not aware of your circumstances and honestly; itís none of my business.  I am not aware of  Substructures circumstances and again; itís none of my business.   Regarding convictions; I am aware that on occasion innocent persons are convicted of crimes they have not committed.    Until your most recent post I was unaware that you profess to be innocent, my apologies. 

I am also aware that all persons professing innocence are not in fact innocent.  We are on a message board that protects individualsí privacy.  I can only respond to what is posted by individuals. If we take personal responsibility for our thinking errors, we have a good chance of correcting them.

Best of luck to you sir.
  
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Reply #9 - Mar 21st, 2019 at 12:29pm
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Anyone know how the test went and if he passed or failed or told the truth or not?
  
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Reply #10 - Mar 22nd, 2019 at 4:21pm
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he was violated back to prison.
  
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Reply #11 - Aug 8th, 2019 at 10:15pm
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Bill_Brown wrote on Aug 20th, 2012 at 8:54pm:
"im 19 and don't want to go to jail as a Sex Offender"

Best advice is: Don't commit sexual offenses and you won't be in jail.† Your plight is normal for those in SOTP's nationwide.† Should you be honest or should you lie?† Ask your attorney, see what the ramifications are for both, and don't commit any sexual offenses in the future.†


I know that Bill__Brown must mean well, but I honestly don't find anything productive in his seemingly hastily-formed answer.

Point being: SubStructure is already convicted for a sex offense; telling him not to commit another sex offense isn't going to prevent the danger that he might face once he goes back to jail for violating probation.

Point being: His (Bill__Brown's) post indicates that he likely has no experience of what a sex offender might really be; either because he isn't one or that plus he doesn't have a family member who is.

1. You don't have to actually commit a sex-offense to potentially be convicted of one (in the USA, and perhaps in other English-speaking western countries). There are so many cases where a "Sex offender" merely unintentionally brushed up on a child, and the parents became enraged. We have people who go to legal pornography tubesites who, unbeknownst to them, came upon a video of a porn actor who turned out to be underaged.

2. Many "sex offenders", while having broken a sex-offense law, are themselves victims of rashly-written, half-accurate unfair laws. The best example (in a nutshell) that comes to mind: an adult had consensual sex with a 14-year-old, while his country tells him that the 14-year-old can't legally consent. (Go to Italy, Germany, Portugal, Japan, Brazil, Argentina or Mexico, and it's all of the sudden legal.) Another example that comes to mind: a sexually adverturous teenager takes advantage of a drunk adult who, due to being druke, plays along; more than likely, it's the adult who ends up on the registy. (Logicality: the adult "should have known better.")


Many of us "sex offenders" are humanly innocent, socially decent people who not only don't have a prior criminal record, we are otherwise law-abiding citizens who haven't hurt anyone in the future.

So, respectfully, Bill__Brown, I hope you don't ever have the sharp nerve to tell us sex offenders that it's as easy as "simply not committing another offense in the future"; and that we ought to "correct [our] thinking errors".


(I don't doubt there are scumbag child predators who would get off raping a child without considering the child's well-being. There are lots of these imbeciles in this fucked-up world; hell, there maybe some of them on this board as we speak! But, then, there are those of us "sex offenders" who are nothing like that; hence what I described above.

Some victims will be in fact genuinely benefitted from the law. For others, the victims are the unfairly incarcerated. Simply realize that, like anything in this world, nothing is black and white; which includes the justice that sex offender laws were meant to serve.)
  
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Reply #12 - Aug 8th, 2019 at 10:21pm
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A few corrections for me to make; since I'm a guest and can't edit my post:

Ace wrote on Aug 8th, 2019 at 10:15pm:
... takes advantage of a drunk adult who, due to being druke, plays along;...

*****due to being drunk

Ace wrote on Aug 8th, 2019 at 10:15pm:
law-abiding citizens who haven't hurt anyone in the future.

*****who haven't hurt anyone; and probably won't in the future.
  
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