In the USA when a cop pulls you over and asks you where you work, do you have to tell them?

  1. Legally, no, absolutely not. Pragmatically, declining to answer is going to affect their attitude and behavior. You could see the interaction going south as a result.

  2. I agree with you. I understand the question but I totally agree with you. I have had so maaaany experiences getting pulled over here in Mexico and every officer is different, the law is the same, but the way it is applied it depends 100% on the officer and quite often in your own attitude

  3. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you don't say can and will be used against you out of the court of law.

  4. I am a white dude and generally dislike the police but my policy with the police has been to comply and remain friendly, at least in traffic stops. It just makes my life easier that way and regardless of what they can do legally, they can still make my life very difficult if they want.

  5. Add in - you can add in details that make you seem middle class-acceptable or chipper/enjoyable to be around. Being real - people on power trips love being classist, so it's all for the better if you can escape seeming 'poor'.

  6. People immediately think high stakes like getting shot or something when they read stuff like this, but it’s something much more likely

  7. Many years ago I was speeding thru a school zone, a cop pulled me over. I was working at that time, in a company vehicle in my work uniform. The cop comes to me, and instead of asking me for my I.D, he immediately proceeds to ask me what I was doing, and where did I live? Let me remind you I was it was clear as day that I was working, I was speeding and the only thing you should ask is for my I.D, issue me a citation or a warning and let me go on my way. I answered his asinine questions as to not cause any problems, he let me go with a warning.

  8. Lol what the fucking fuck is wrong with US cops. If they get moody over not telling them your profession that is undoubtedly pathetic.

  9. If you invoke your right to remain silent simply remaining silent is not enough in many cases, you must declare you are choosing to invoke your right to not answer questions to completely protect yourself.

  10. I had a cop ask me where I worked years ago, and I was too afraid not to tell him. He told me he would have to stop by and visit me sometime. Creepy. I would still be hesitant not to answer, but I would probably make something up.

  11. A cop asked my ex gf the same thing when he gave her a speeding ticket. Two days later he showed up at her work and offered to tear up the ticket if she went out on a date with him.

  12. I'd maybe tell him somewhere I USED to work, so if he starts asking for details about the job, I'd have them... But he wouldn't be able to show up and find me. If he asks for me they'd say "she doesn't work here anymore."

  13. That's as creepy as the cop that asked if I was being "a good girl this evening" after (checks notes) driving the legal speed limit and obeying all traffic laws. Not even making the excuse that I had a light out.

  14. The only information you have to give is License, Registration, Insurance, Your name, and who the owner of the car is (presumably you)

  15. If you are a concealed carry holder and are currently armed, in some states you MUST tell the officer that information.

  16. The only information you have to give is License, Registration, Insurance, Your name, Your mother's maiden name, the Name of your favorite pet, what street you grew up on as a kid, and who the owner of the car is (presumably you).

  17. Probably not. I made the mistake of telling a cop that I'm a scientist. He asked what kind and I said I work in drug development. Car got searched :/

  18. As opposed to a situation where you're hauling kilos of coke across state lines; then yeah, obviously, you might want to pick your battles wisely.

  19. Watched a lawyer's video once where he talked about going through DUI checkpoints and the guy explained how you're not required to answer any questions other than surrender your license at the cop's request. Then he drove through a checkpoint and did just that. It was super awkward and the cop got frustrated as hell but nothing came of it.

  20. Right. I think Shut the Fuck up Friday should come with the caveat of "Do you have anything to hide?", if so shut the fuck up, otherwise you are looking guilty, leading them down a path that could only get worse. I cannot say this for all people, but that is my experience and it has been consistent.

  21. Many factors go into deciding if you are going to get a ticket. It’s always at the cops discretion. If you are cooperative and tell them for example, that you are an electrician or a nurse or just something that adds to the story of you not being a douchebag. They will be more inclined to help you out.

  22. Best is to give non-evidentiary answers like "I understand" that do not mean anything legally but gives the impression you are cooperating. Basically acknowledge what they are saying without explicitly answering it.

  23. I work your mother’s butthole, officer. I’m employee of the month, sir. It was really an honor too, because the competition was stiff.

  24. It’s not very common as you’re not obligated to answer. I’m a minority and have lived in NYC, Chicago and Los Angeles (the three largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.) and have never been asked in over 25 traffic stops.

  25. I got asked this when pulled over. In Ireland. I answered but asked why and was told it doesn’t matter. Still curious as to why they would ask.

  26. Cops are allowed to ask you anything and even lie to you on site and in questioning. They can tell you that someone else they arrested with you just flipped on you and you have to flip on them just to set the story straight. They want you to say as much as possible without a lawyer protecting you.

  27. Yes. Traffic stops in the US aren’t really about traffic safety (cops don’t give two shits about that). Traffic stops are “investigatory” and are a pretense to see what else might be going on- drugs, guns, warrants, etc

  28. They ask all sorts of things. A traffic stop is an investigation. They're not asking questions to be friendly. They're looking for more things to write you a ticket for or arrest you for, which is fair enough... but you're not obligated to assist them in your investigation. Culturally, we've turned "not helping cops find reasons to give you more tickets or arrest you" into "being a douchebag" and an excuse for the cop not to use his discretion and let you off with a warning for a minor offense.

  29. It’s to get you talking and see if there’s signs of impairment. If you’re coming from a bar you’re likely to slur your speech, think too long of and answer and put your boozy breath in the air.

  30. I was stopped in South Carolina once on my way home to Pennsylvania from Florida. I have Waze, which told me that there were police ahead, so I was doing the speed limit. State cop pulled me over anyway. He asked me where I was from, where I was coming from, where I was going, where I worked, if I had anything illegal in the car and a few more irrelevant questions. He walked around the car to inspect what he could see inside. He got mad at me because I had not changed the address on my registration (I had recently moved). After all of this he said I was free to go. I asked him why he pulled me over in the first place, and he said that I was following the vehicle in front of me too closely. I knew this was bullshit because when I passed the line of about 5 cop cars on the median there was nobody in front of me.

  31. Not normally in my experience, but if the cop decides to go fishing for something he might ask all kinds of random

  32. No, but as with any dealings when you are not in power, you need to decide what is required and what is a good idea. It is not necessarily a cop overstepping their bounds or abusing their power. They might just be trying to justify giving you a break and not ticketing you (for whatever you were pulled over for).

  33. I work for the highway, I mention this and show proof I get out of a ticket everytime. Not surprising though because they help us out alot. "Can't ticket a fellow highway worker, get out of here"

  34. Pot brothers at law have a script for this: Why did you pull me over ? I’m not discussing my day. Am I being detained or am I free to go ? If detained assert your rights and shut the fuck up.

  35. I said this once and the cop just told me i wasn’t being detained but my car was being detained. Pulled over for a plate light. After about 45 minutes of me refusing to let him search my car he say’s “If you just have a dirty pipe or something it’s not a big deal I just want to make sure you’re not moving a pound of weed in your car.” Finally he threatened to call the K-9 and I allowed him to search. He found an old baggie of weed with a couple stems in it and arrested me for possession. In court it was my word against his even though he boldly lied on the stand and told the judge I was noticeably intoxicated when he pulled me over (I hadn’t even smoked that day).

  36. You don’t legally have to talk to cops at all, you can remain silent. It might go bad for you, considering American cops. You’re still legally obligated to comply with instructions that don’t violate your rights.

  37. A good rule is to comply now and complain later. Cops are not judges they do not have to hear you out, if a cop gives you a hard time plead the 5th and follow his instructions, then you may come out on top in court.

  38. Nope, there is no legal requirement to tell a cop anything. Even when you are under arrest and being questioned, there is no legal way you can be compelled to tell them anything. Most people like to defend themselves but total and complete silence is an option everyone has.

  39. The best option. Beyond, "I am invoking my fifth amendment right to remain silent" (because unless you actively invoke that privilege, it may not apply if the case goes to court), there's nothing to say that will help you.

  40. I've never had a cop ask where I worked. (I'm a disabled veteran, so they know I'm prior military from my plates.)

  41. People talking about school shootings today, but I still don't know how I survived having a driver's license at 16. I had one classmate dead by graduation due to reckless driving and several others in serious accidents. Driving on a gravel road at 80mph while buzzed was so common.

  42. I got stopped once when I had a Mustang. The cop asked me what I did for a living. I worked at Walgreens as an assistant manager. I guess he thought I couldn’t afford it or something. It really annoyed me

  43. You can refuse to but you will just make your day worse. The cop doesnt really care where you work. He just wants to make small talk and see if you are impaired while driving. Just answer him like normal and you will continue on with your day.

  44. I've never had a policeman ask me where I work. I've been asked if I had been drinking and how many beers I've drank, but never where I work.

  45. I feel like if a cop asked me that, I'd be unable to stop myself from saying "I'd really like to cooperate fully with you right now, but that's such a weird and invasive question that's got nothing to do with you pulling me over, man."

  46. tbf I just tell them the address on my license when I get the question "where do you live?" because it's already on my driver's license, so I just see it as part of positive identification (that is, that the actual ID they have on hand is the actual ID I should have).

  47. You don't have to tell them, but unless you have a good reason not to, its probably in your best interest to do so because it helps 1) ease the conversation for both parties and 2) it usually helps them move on with their traffic stop as they may be looking for somebody who works at a specific place or area

  48. No. Those questions and conversation are partly just conversation (they are people after all), and partly a way for them to get an idea of what they’re dealing with.

  49. You do not need to answer any questions that are not relevant to the situation. However, it must be stated that if a cop decides you are being uncooperative, they might escalate the situation.

  50. No. You're generally only required to give them your license as well as possibly state your name and date of birth. Anything else is just the cops fishing for something that will not be beneficial to you.

  51. No but I have found if the officer starts asking questions it is often your opportunity to get out of a ticket. When they come to the car and say license and registration and take it and walk away, you are most likely getting a ticket. But if they ask do you know why I pulled you over, that's your chance to be friendly and maybe get off with a warning. I find being mostly honest works best. Yea I think I was speeding a little bit, not well I just robbed a bank so I'm in a bit of a rush....

  52. No. You only need to give them pertinent information to the reason why they pulled you over. License and registration is it, nothing more. Any other questions they ask you are just fishing for reasons to cite you for crimes the cop didn't even witness before pulling you over.

  53. I downloaded this app TurnSignl. It can help you in a couple of situations where you would be stopped by police. They also have a direct call to a lawyer when you get pulled over. Direct C/P from the referenced ACLU.

  54. No you don’t have to tell them where you work or any personal information, how you go about doing this is the real question. Be friendly but give vague answers that are true, most of the time they are fishing for something.

  55. You are not required by law to. However, if thou protests too much especially as a minority you can be putting your safety on the line due to the concept of "contempt of cop".

  56. I had a cop stop me and ask me where I was going, and I said “I’m just driving around” and he was like “No, people don’t do that. Where are you going” I had no idea what to even say, like, did he want me to lie? So I insisted.. I was simply driving around.. And then they searched my car.. they found nothing, and felt really stupid and ticketed me for doing like ten over the speed limit or something petty I didn’t do and couldn’t disprove. Dumbasses

  57. Never engage them in small talk. While they gather information to use against you, they try to make you believe they are friendly. even if you took no action. Plead the Fifth, keep a record, and provide your information if you are pulled over. Never consent to a car search, and make it clear that you do not want one. No matter what they tell you, don't roll your window down more than a crack, and always keep your doors locked. Keep your hands visible as well. Even if they decide to stop you anyway in retaliation, don't talk to them any more than is necessary, and don't resist being taken into custody. Police are not your friends and are allowed to lie legally.

  58. You do not. But then again, I probably wouldn't withhold it if asked. If I felt I'm part of a criminal investigation, yeah, I would stop talking until I can hire a lawyer (to document the interrogation and make sure there is no mistake about what they say I said). But if it's just idle chatter when I don't think anything serious is being investigated, I would tell them (unless I do something that may piss them off, like if I was part of Black LM or a group of lawyers forcing accountability on corrupt police unions).

  59. You don't have to say anything. But you can also have fun with it if you want. Tell a couple white lies. You're not under arrest, oath, or legal obligation to tell them the truth about what you do for a living. Have fun with it.

  60. You don't have to tell pigs anything, if you're driving you can simply hand them your license registration insurance but do not speak. Yes they will be dicks because they're pigs. It doesn't fucking matter.

  61. It for 30 years plus if nobody exercises their rights and cops thinks when you exercise your rights it's suspicious and you're hiding something.

  62. NEVER! They don’t have the right to ask you anything. If anything they tryna collect as much data from you as possible. The cops are NOT your friends. Keep it short and simple and related to the reason pulled over. Nothing more or less.

  63. You have a right - not a government permission, but an inherent natural right - not to incriminate yourself. Anything you say or do can be held against you in a court of law. So the best answer is to not speak. Give them your ID and registration and insurance card, and answer no questions.

  64. The right to remain silent is always in effect. Cops in the US will do everything they can to hurt you, including arrest you without actual cause, because they know fear makes innocent people confess to things they've never done, making their job easier.

  65. In the USA, the greatest crime that you can commit, that's legally not a crime, is mildly inconveniencing/offending a cop. Legally, you don't have to answer. If you don't want to be shot dead and have meth planted on your body, however, just do whatever they say.

  66. No you don’t. But say anyways. You can get out of sticky situations by literally treating them like normal human beings and not escalating the situation.

  67. Legally, no. Realistically, you should probably give the cop a satisfying answer as to avoid a dangerous situation. In my experience, some are nice, most love a good power trip.

  68. Also, while not technically required, cops ask questions like that as one of two things 1) attitude test to see if you’re up to something or 2) legitimately trying to figure out why you’re traveling where you’re traveling at and at the time you’re traveling. In both cases it’s best to be honest.

  69. I remember getting pulled over for “speeding “ which I wasn’t . It was obvious they were profiling and treating me with hostility. I was dressed in sweat pants and a hoodie being comfy on a road trip. When they asked me where I work and so, suddenly they respected me and tone changed. They apologized and explained the highway I was in is known for drug trafficking. They ended up asking me in the end after I thought okay this isn’t gonna turn bad, if I had guns in the car. I just looked at them trying my hardest not to be offended. Just answer their questions generically without agitating the situation. Also I learned to pull all windows down and turn on lights, Wallet on dashboard and hands on the wheel as they approach.

  70. Nope! Do not do any small talk with them. They are trying to get you to think they are friendly while they fish for info to charge you with stuff. Even if you didn't do anything. Just plead the 5th, always record, and if pulled over give them your info. Never let them search your car and make it clear you do not consent. Don't roll your window down farther than crack no matter what they say, and keep your doors locked at all times. Also keep hands where they can see. If they decide to arrest you in retaliation still don't talk to them beyond what is required for a stop, and don't resist arrest. Cops are nor your friends and can legally lie to you. Don't buy their friendly act. Be polite, but don't let them fool you are intimidate you. They are taught to get as much info as possible to charge you with anything they can.

  71. Legally you don't have to tell the cop anything other than the bare minimum. You don't have to say where you're going or where you came from. Where you work, or even actually answer a reason why you think he pulled you over.

  72. The legal answer is no, but knowing American cops. It is state dependent. Because in one state they will say sure no problem, in another you get arrested for not cooperating and the next you just get left on a active train track or simply get "accidentally" shot with a "misfire". Soo no you don't, but pleas do tell them what you do, because most cops are definitely not your friend.

  73. No you don't have to answer any questions at all. He can ask for a drivers license or proof veichle registration and insurance. But if you're mute or had no vocal chords you could still drive around, never answering anyone's questions ever.

  74. A US citizen is not required to answer any police officer’s questions. All that is require (if driving) is to provide license, registration, and insurance info.

  75. I’d learn the name of a top notch attorney firm and use that as my place of work. - or - a civilian employee of the nearest military base - or - my spouse works at ….

  76. You don't have to answer any questions without legal representation. Saying "I don't answer questions" is acknowledging you know your rights and are unafraid to exercise them.

  77. Legally, you don't have to tell them anything at all. Unfortunately, they are not required to obey the law. In fact, courts have upheld their right to lie to you.

  78. You don't have to tell cops a lot of things, but if you don't answer their questions perfectly and with a smile (and you don't look white enough) you have a very high chance of a random crime you didn't commit being tacked on. In fact if you move a little too quick you might just get a full magazine dumped into your chest. Again, skin color provides different results.

  79. No, but it doesnt hurt and probably will help your chances of getting off easy if you're cooperative and treat the cop like a human instead of some terminator robot.

  80. Cooperate and just kiss thier ass. Its the only reason they took that job. Give them what they want and just be on with your day, dont let them ruin your day or worse.

  81. No. But cops are drunk on power in the US, and there is a good chance that refusing to answer will make them decide to be a dick and make your day suck as much as possible.

  82. No, but my boss runs the volunteer fire department, is fishing buddies with the chief of police, and his direct neighbor is the mayor. About 13 years ago when i started my job, i was pulled over for speeding and the officer asked where i worked. I told him and he asked "who's your boss?" I answered and he immediately said "Ok, have a nice day." and let me go. I haven't been pulled over since.

  83. You don’t even have to tell them where your going. If you don’t answer them they will become verbally combative unless your not white then more likely physically combative.

  84. Nope, but telling them your work/live locally might make them treat you with leniency. Sometimes cops are targeting folks who live out of town.

  85. You dont have to tell them anything, and fuck everyone saying "yeah but they will get mad" yeah, they do get mad but fuck them. thats why we stand up against them and push back. FTP. its just a stupid human being who happens to be a cop, they have no real control over you other than what you allow.

  86. No but you already know how cops get when they think you're being difficult. I'd just tell them. If there's a reason you don't want them to know then just tell them you don't work or that you work for your dad or some shit, they won't be able to verify it.

  87. The real answer is no, but it depends on certain things, mostly your race, your vehicle status or if the cop is an asshole or generally having a bad day. I'm Latin and if I refuse the cop any information whatsoever, I'm immediately accused of hiding said information because of whatever criminal activity pops up in their head first and will usually proceed to take me from my vehicle and search it without my consent for whatever it is they're looking for, usually drugs.

  88. Maybe the cop is looking for someone who won't be missed to use for slave labour (a.k.a. to put in prison). Just tell them your job is transporting minors across state borders for local GOP politicians, that sounds quite plausible and they don't want to piss off the GOP usually.

  89. No. At any point when police are questioning you, just ask them “am I being detained?” If they say no, then say you would like to leave, if they say yes, ask what you are being detained for, and what they think you did.

  90. No. "Sorry officer, I don't mean to be rude, but I can't speak without my lawyer present." Then shut up. The only other things you should ask are "am I free to go" and if they say no "am I being detained".

  91. I just regurgitate the word "lawyer" until he sulks off to get my ticket. Weird I've never been let off with a warning though.

  92. If I am about to get into contact with american cops I think I've decided to atleast record audio with my phone, I am scared shitless after having watched hundreds of videos of cops being murderous thugs

  93. I’d probably say something along the lines are you giving me a ticket for a traffic infraction? Yes ? Oh okay here you go, thank you have a good day.

  94. No but cops power trip, and if you dont theyll get angry. If you're black, an angry cop => death. If you're white you might get arrested or theyll waste your time or both. Suddenly he gets a whiff of pot and calls the dog, and the dog confirms pot. Then suddenly they call in backup and a swat team. Meanwhile you aint got any but now your life is over. Courts always believe cops, no matter if they have evidence or not.

  95. A good YouTube channel you might want to check out is Audit the Audit. Where a guy goes over recorded police interactions and explains what each side did right and wrong.

  96. You want them to humanize you so dont be an asshole. Helps if they see you as familial. Declining to answer is legal but can seem fishy if you are already under suspicion. Now if you are in fact guilty, just stay quiet if you are being detained.

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