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The term "polygraph" literally means "many writings." The name refers to the manner in which selected physiological activities are simultaneously recorded. It is important to understand what a polygraph examination entails.

All polygraph examiners in the State of Alabama are required to be licensed. The minimum standards for a person purporting to detect deception or to verify truth of statements through the use of an instrument must use an instrument which records visually, permanently and simultaneously the following:

(1) A subject’s cardiovascular pattern;
(2) A subject’s respiratory pattern; and
(3) A subject’s galvanic skin response.

A typical polygraph examination consists of

(a) A pre-test interview,
(b) Chart examination, and
(c) A post-test interview.

In the pre-test, the polygraph examiner will complete required paperwork and talk with the examinee about the test. During this period, the examiner will discuss and review all of the questions to be asked and familiarize the examinee with the testing procedure.

During the chart collection phase, the examiner will administer and collect a number of polygraph charts. Following this, the examiner will analyze the charts and render an opinion as to the truthfulness of the person taking the test. The examiner, when appropriate, will offer the examinee an opportunity to explain physiological responses in relation to one or more questions asked during the test. For additional information, feel free to contact us at cgc@gmcarter.com.