Know Your Rights

While I was in college I was pulled over a police officer because I had parked illegally in Tilden Park. I knew at the time I was pulled over that one of my friends in the back seat was carrying marijuana. To top it all off, about 1 hour earlier I had had a half a glass of wine. I was pretty much screwed. Long story short, I choose to be very forthcoming and truthful when approached by the police officer. I told the officer of the marijuana and I allowed him to search my car. Me, and all of the friends that were with me got a harsh tongue lashing from the police officer, but he let us go, because he said I was so "cooperative and forthcoming."

After the encounter I developed the belief that you should always be truthful and forthcoming with police officers. But after watching the following video, which re-enacts in many respects what happened that evening, I think I may leave my previous strategy behind.

But what is great about the video are the little tips it gives you: what to say and how to say it, about not rolling down your window all the way, and about locking your car door if they ask you to step out of the car.

Everyone should watch this video, if only to be crystal clear what your rights are when a police officer stops you for anything.

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Wait, you got pulled over for a parking violation and you told the cop your buddy in the back seat was holding? Dude, I'm not riding with you no mo'! :)

Ok - so perhaps I shouldn't have skipped over so much of the story. In my own defense... I was the only sober person there. We had gone for a hike and everyone got drunk but me. The fact that I had even a sip of wine is surprising (if you had known me at the time). So when the police officer saw 6 people pile into my car, that was parked illegally, and then pulled me over, and then smelled the alcohol from my 5 passengers, I do believe he had more then enough "probable cause."

Which leads me to re-iterate one of the most useful things to know: don't roll down your window all the way!

Whoa! I didn't look at the video yet, but I second the first poster. I would never ride with you!

For one thing... stupid things done by the driver in the car does not incriminate the passengers. Being drunk is not a crime for the passengers unless they are under age.

I think telling the cop that you are the designated driver is good enough for being forthcoming. If you do silly things like not rolling your window down all the way and locking your car door, you are just inviting the cop to be a jerk. You had nothing to worry about with only drinking half a glass of wine.

If you are drinking and driving then you are dangerous and the hell with your rights. You are an ass to be on the road and deserve the DUI.

Good job on being the DD and being safe. I am glad everything worked out for you. Also thanks for providing the great code. I am using the PHP user system as tool to learn PHP and build my own CMS.

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  • Whoa! I didn't look at the video yet, but I second the first poster. I would never ride with you! For one thing... stupid things done by the driver in the car does not incriminate the passengers. Being drunk is not...

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