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Monday, October 3, 2016

When the Police Pull You Over

Why do you suppose the officer asks, "Do you know why I stopped you today?" Why doesn't he just say, "Hey, you were speeding"? He's looking to get you to volunteer information. That's the kind of thing we discuss in today's episode. Subscribe to the Tom Woods Show:

Don't ask "Am I being detained." You are being detained by virtue of the fact that the police have stopped you, even asking suggests that the nature of your prior detainment was voluntary. Police are usually only allowed to detain you for a legally determined amount of time depending on the state, don't give them a reason to say "the detainment started when I answered the question". You should ask instead "am I free to go", or even "am I free to go yet"?