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When I get pulled over, do I have to answer the officer's questions?


A: At some point after the officer has asked for your license and registration he will ask you if you have consumed any alcoholic beverages. It is perfectly within your legal rights to politely refuse to answer the questions. The officer might still decide that he has enough reason to arrest you, but simply refusing to answer the question is not reason enough. However, the downside of refusing to answer the officer’s questions is that you will look suspicious, which is why, if you have not had anything to drink, the best idea is usually to simply say so.