You see it in movies, read it in books, hear people say it, the “I got pulled over and I talked to the officer and consented to a search. I didn’t have anything to hide. I’m not a bad person”.
OK, that’s all fine and good. But DO NOT TALK TO THE POLICE.
The problem starts here. The average person has had little to no experience with the criminal justice system. Combine that with the fact that Joe v. Police is an unfair stack of power. Don’t get me wrong. I respect the police and the services that they provide, but like anything, and especially like anything that involves power, there is opportunity for mistake and corruption. So when Joe gets pulled over because he allegedly has swerved over the double yellow line, he doesn’t have the upper-hand; the police do. So Joe wants to cooperate. Joe is scared. Joe thinks, if I talk, I can convince the officer that I’m a good guy, that I am not drunk, that I only had a couple beers, he will understand, he will let me go. NO. He will not. The second that you admit that you have been drinking, you have substantially assisted the officer in arresting you. He now has probable cause to pull you out of the car and ask you to submit to Field Sobriety Tests, FST’s. And so you continue to cooperate by engaging in these tests. Tests not designed by lap people like Joe, but designed for you to fail.
And so get arrested. And you become one of those people that has gotten arrested and that everyone just “knows” you are guilty. And everyone will be talking about you and judging you and people will