An arrest is a jarring event that can cause the most levelheaded person to stop thinking clearly. No matter how stressed you are when you see those flashing lights, remember there are some things you should just never say to a police officer.
You can search my car
We are all protected from illegal searches by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. These constitutional rights are in place for a reason. Sacrificing them can be a grave error with consequences you did not foresee. This is not the time to be a nice person and show you have nothing to hide. When you give the police an inch, do not be surprised when they take a mile.
I was only…
No matter how you finish this statement, it is likely a mistake. “I was only going 40 in a 35” “I only had a couple of beers” “I only took a single puff”. Police officers are not impressed by “only” statements. In fact, they recognize them for what they are: confessions. It may seem that by admitting to a minor offense you are protecting yourself from a more serious charge, but this is a defeatist mindset. You are innocent of all charges until proven guilty in court, so don’t admit to anything before talking to a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer.
Insults and lies
No matter how tempting it may be to say something nasty to the police officer, this can only escalate tensions and lead to bad consequences. As far as lying goes, there is no need. If you are tempted to lie, remember that you don’t have to say anything at all. Being caught in a lie will only weaken your position. Once again, talk to an experienced defense attorney who can speak on your behalf and help you make wise decisions going forward.