This is Part 16 of our weekly North Carolina Criminal Defense video blog: “How to Politely Decline Answering the Police’s Questions“
If the officer asks you to get out of the car, clearly, you get out of the car. You follow his instructions. If he asks you to come to the back of the car, you follow his instructions. Simply being polite and saying, “Officer, I don’t want to answer that,” is perfectly fine.
Many of these officers want to engage you in conversation, asking you, “Where have you been? Where are you coming from? How much have you had to drink?” It’s very easy to be polite, be sure, and say, “Officer, I’m sorry. I’m not comfortable. I’m not going to answer any questions.”