If you're stopped and the police believe you've been drinking, they are going to ask you some questions. You aren't going to be able to talk your way out of an arrest, but there are some things that can make it worse later on. Find out what to say - and more importantly, what not to say.
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In this segment I want to talk about the response to questioning if you're stopped for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. One of the first questions that the police are always going to ask is have you been drinking? And if you respond yes they're going to ask how much? And I can guarantee you having watched hundreds, if not thousands of videos, everybody that's ever been stopped by the police has drank two or three beers. It's amazing. Maybe that's all that the bars serve or maybe that's all that people think they should have before they hop in a car but that's the universal answer. So guess what? The police have probably heard it a lot more than I have so they're going to expect you to say two or three beers. And no matter what you say they're not going to believe you. So if you say you had one beer that's not going to prevent them from going ahead and administering the field sobriety test and doing any further investigation that they feel is necessary. So if you're asked how much you had to drink just politely decline to answer and it's even better if you don't ever get that far. They don't really need to ask you if you've had anything to drink because they can probably smell it. So all you're doing is confirming their suspicion. Again, it's not something that you have to answer. But when you do you're not gonna help yourself out by saying two or three. And the flip side of that doesn't help you out either so don't say 10 or 15. They probably will believe that. Just one more thing that you need to be aware of. Of course the best advice that anyone can give is to don't drink and drive. That's not the law but it's the way that you can at least protect yourself as best you can against getting hauled into court and having to defend against a DWI charge.