Originally Posted by lawyerdad
I assume you're quite aware that this isn't an answer to the question Pio asked.
Oh, okay, sorry. If the cop orders you to shoot your wife, go ahead and refuse.
Originally Posted by Piobaire
So if he tells me to step out of the car and do those roadside tests for alcohol I should obey him?
Step out of the car, yes, you generally don't have any choice on that. DUI is a special case and the laws vary state to state. I'm not comfortable giving advice about it beyond saying that, generally, field sobriety tests are voluntary and taking them is a terrible idea. Cops wouldn't order you to do a field sobriety test, anyway, but if one did, you should refuse to do it just like you'd refuse to answer any other incriminating question. You may not be able to refuse to do a blood or breath test without consequences, however. Again, it varies and I'm not going to try to give you advice because, frankly, I don't know the laws of all 50 states well enough to be sure of the accuracy of what I'm saying.
Originally Posted by otc
And what if you are from a marginalized population that sees frequent abuse and unlawful orders from the police?
Maybe you should say "perceives" or "imagines" frequent abuse and unlawful orders. Ms. Bland is a pretty good example of how perception doesn't always match reality.
Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin
According to media reports, she had two DUI arrests and two marijuana arrests in the last couple years. Did the cop know that after calling in her license? Maybe.