10 Questions You Should Never Answer When Pulled Over

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Getting pulled over by law enforcement can be a nerve-wracking experience, regardless of your innocence. However, knowing your rights to protect yourself during such encounters is essential. Lawyers often caution against answering certain questions to evade unintentionally incriminating oneself or providing evidence against your innocence. Here are ten questions lawyers suggest never answering if you’re pulled over.

“Do you know why I pulled you over?”

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This question might appear simple and direct, but it can be deceptive. You could accidentally confess to a minor infraction you didn’t even realize you committed. It’s wiser to patiently wait for the officer to state the reason for pulling you over, protecting your innocence.

“Have you been drinking tonight?”


Even if you haven’t consumed any alcohol, this question can be concerning. Your response could be misinterpreted and used against you. For instance, stating, “I haven’t had anything to drink,” could still lead to further investigation. If you haven’t been drinking, you can state that you haven’t consumed any alcohol. It’s advisable to politely decline to answer or request legal representation to protect your innocence throughout the interaction.

“Do you know how fast you were going?”

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Despite your innocence, admitting to a specific speed could inadvertently cause complications. Even if you believe you were driving within the speed limit, providing a definite answer might contradict the officer’s assessment. It’s best to respond politely, “I’m not certain, officer,” without implicating yourself in any wrongdoing.

“Where are you coming from?”

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While this question may seem harmless, providing unnecessary details could potentially be used against you. Regardless of your innocence, it is your right to remain silent about your whereabouts. You can exercise this right without implying any wrongdoing. Respectfully refuse to answer and ask if you are free to leave.

“Can I search your vehicle?”

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Consenting to a search without probable cause could lead to unnecessary complications, even for innocent individuals. Calmly declining the request protects your rights and maintains the integrity of your innocence. Saying, “I do not consent to a search,” clearly communicates your stance without raising suspicion.

“Is that your vehicle registration?”

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It’s essential to have your registration. Provide the requested documents without unnecessary commentary. Keeping responses concise and factual minimizes the risk of unintended consequences during the encounter.

“Do you have any weapons in the car?”


You are not required to disclose the contents of your vehicle. If you have a weapon, it’s best to remain silent. If you don’t have a weapon, you can politely state that you don’t have any weapons in the car.

“Can you step out of the vehicle, please?”

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Before stepping out of the vehicle, ensure you understand the reason for the stop. If you need clarification, politely ask the officer to explain the reason for the stop. If you are in a high-crime area or feel unsafe, stepping out of the vehicle may be wise. Comply calmly, maintaining your innocence throughout the interaction. Remember, you’re not obliged to answer further questions without legal representation, even if you are innocent. 

“Do you know your license is expired?”

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Provide your license when requested, and focus on complying with immediate requests without delving into unnecessary details. You can acknowledge the officer’s question by saying, “I’m not sure, officer. Can you tell me more about the issue with my license?” Avoid admitting to knowing your license is expired, as this can be used as evidence against you. Instead, focus on the facts of the situation and courteously ask the officer to explain the reason for the stop and the issue with your license.

“Will you take a breathalyzer test?”

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You are not required to take a preliminary breath test (PBT) on the roadside without being arrested. A polite and informed response might be, “Officer, I understand this is a serious matter. Could you please explain the consequences of refusing this test? I would also like to contact my attorney before making a decision.” This response shows that you are cooperative but also cautious about protecting your rights.


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