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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: How to Deal With the Police in Routine Traffic Stops

     According to Regent University Law Professor James Duane, answering questions asked by the police can never help you. Even if you are innocent, your statements can lead to self-incrimination; anything you might say that would actually help your side can simply be discarded by the authorities.

     Online Paralegal Programs recommends that you respectfully decline to answer questions, even if the encounter is nothing more than a routine traffic stop. Stress that you politely decline to answer questions or permit searches, and ask frequently whether you are free to go.

     Police questions such as, "Have you had anything to drink?" or "Do you know how fast you were going?" are trick questions. Do not answer them.

Robby Soave, The Daily Caller, January 5, 2014 

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