I’m a lawyer – three “trick” questions the police will ask you when you’re stopped and how to avoid falling for them

POLICE often ask trick questions after stopping drivers to gather evidence and build a case.

Fortunately, there are ways to identify and answer these case questions without getting into legal trouble.

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Police often ask motorists, “Do you know why I stopped you?”

Drivers should avoid answering this question because they could make a statement that the officer could use in court, reports White Law PLLC.

If you answer, “Because I was speeding” or “I ran a red light,” you’ve already admitted your guilt.

Your fifth amendment right gives you the option to remain silent so you don’t incriminate yourself.

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A second common trick question that police regularly ask is “Where are you from?”

You should keep in mind that an officer is trying to collect this information to draw conclusions e.g. B. that a person is drunk or motivated to drive recklessly.

You can use your fifth amendment rights to remain silent or tell the police that you are invoking your fifth amendment rights.

If an officer asks if they can search your car, you don’t have to say yes.

Police need to determine a probable reason to search your vehicle during a traffic stop.

If you say “yes” when an officer asks you to search your car, you’re providing verbal consent that negates the officer’s need for probable cause.

It’s important to remain respectful when exercising your fifth amendment right or declining a vehicle search during a traffic stop.

Being rude to the police when pulled over doesn’t increase your chances of getting fired easily.

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Chris Barrese

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