Pulled over by the police, watching the flashing red and blue lights in your rear view mirror, you look for your license, registration and proof of insurance. You roll your window down and the officer asks if you’ve been drinking.
What should you say?
The truth of course. Always the truth. Especially if the truth is that you haven’t been drinking.
But what if you have been drinking?
Before you answer, you might want to consider why they’re asking.
They’re asking you because they believe they already know the answer. They smell the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage or notice your bloodshot eyes or your slurred speech or the vomit on your lapel and the fact that you’re not wearing pants.
In short, they are asking you to confirm their suspicions and so provide evidence, in your own words, for your future criminal prosecution.
So, as you struggle to remember where your pants might be, think about whether you wish to have a police officer as your closest confidante and remember that you do not need to answer every question you are asked.
© 3/6/2017 Eliot D. Thompson of Hunt & Associates, P.C. All rights reserved.