Sevenfeet wrote:Most people don't have gun shot holes in their car and he's trying to figure out whether the driver is involved in any criminal activity..
Clearly you don't drive where I do!
Sevenfeet wrote:My uncle is a retired police department Major for a large metro city (>1 million people). When I was a teenager, he sat me down and explained how to answer questions of a police officer if stopped.
With respect, I would never take the advice of a cop on how to answer questions. There are plenty of example out there from attorneys that say the absolute rule is to never, ever answer any question from a cop. Not for any reason. There is at least one US Supreme Court justice who, a couple of decades ago said something to the effect that anyone who verbally answers any police question, any time, for any reason, is an idiot. There is nothing you can say that will help you while almost anything you say can hurt you. If you committed some traffic offense or other offense then sure, pull over, hand over your license and registration, and accept your ticket. Be respectful, but don't answer any questions no matter how trivial or simple they seem to be. Don't guess how fast you were going, don't admit you ran the red light or were just driving down Main Street. He might have pulled you over to tell you your tail light is broken and you could inadvertently admit to running a red light, speeding, and being in the area of a bank robbery. Conversely, NOTHING you say can help you!
I don't have a problem with cops but I sure as heck would not answer any questions. You have the right to not answer and at the very least can demand that only grammatically correct, well formed written questions be given to you. There are plenty of people in jail because they did not do that and answered poorly worded questions from uneducated cops.
"Any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police under any circumstances." - US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson