Polygraph Testing

Upstate Private Investigators offers two main types of polygraph tests.

Polygraph Testing in Relationships

When trust is lost in a relationship, it could takes years to recover, if ever. In many cases the evidence of adultery is not definitive, so the only way to find out the truth is through polygraph testing.

Polygraph exams are used extensively for relationship issues. This is one area of testing where experience makes a big difference. The wording of test questions is critical to a successful exam, since many words can be interpreted differently by different people. All of the examiners at Upstate Private Investigators, LLC are experienced and qualified to provide these types of exams.

Types of Exams Available for Relationship Issues:

  • Cheating/Fidelity – This format is used to determine whether one partner has had sexual contact with anyone else besides his/her partner. Other related items may include questions about dating, kissing, contact with “exes,” etc.
  • Personal History – This format is appropriate when a partner needs to verify aspects of his/her partner’s background, such as sexual history, drug or alcohol habits, gambling, health issues (particularly STD’s), and excessive financial obligations.
  • Internet Activities – Not all “cheating” requires physical contact. Polygraph can be used to determine the extent of “sexual” activities conducted over the internet, such as visits to pornographic sites, dating sites, visits to sexual chat rooms, interactive sexual web sites, or having “cybersex” (sexual chat) with someone who is not his/her partner.

Polygraph Testing of Employees

Employers are permitted to request that employees submit to a polygraph exam under some specific conditions, as provided for by Federal Law. There are two types of exams typically used by employers, the Specific Loss Exam and the Pre-Employment Exam.

Specific Loss Exam
Questions must be limited to the specific loss only. The examiner is not permitted to ask questions about losses other than those listed in the notification form.

Pre-Employment Exam
Prior to 1988 many businesses required their prospective employees to take and pass a polygraph test. Since these new laws were passed, only the following businesses are permitted to request pre-employment polygraph exams.

  • Security Companies
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Companies
  • Transportation Companies
  • Power Generating Companies
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Other Goverment Agencies