posted on Sep, 7 2008 @ 07:25 PM
I have had plenty of dealings with local and state law enforcement here in MS. Some of it has been as a law breaker, some has been as a club manager
needing their assistance. I have learned that the one most important rule of thumb is to always, always be as polite as possible.
Here are a few lucky charms from my past.
I was speeding, excessively. I passed a cop at a speed trap. I reduced speed and kept going until he caught up to me. My license were suspended and
I was one week from getting them back when this happened. I took a lawless chance that I would be ok in that week. I was polite and the officer
wrote me a ticket for speeding ONLY and ordered that my friend drive the rest of the way. I was thankful for his offer. I thanked him for not taking
me to jail, which by law he could have done.
As someone else posted, I was also leaving a club one night, pretty hammered. I got in my car, tossed the keys in the glovebox, opened the flip on my
cell phone and leaned back to go to sleep. An officer woke me and wanted to know what I was doing. I told him I was in no shape to drive, pointed to
my phone and muttered something about getting a ride and told him my keys were in the glovebox and I had no intention of driving. He told me to have
a good night and walked away. I slept until the sunlight woke me and drove home.
Lastly, I got a DUI. I was cold busted. I was polite with the cop, but I got an array of charges. DUI, reckless endangerment, and since I couldnt
find my insurance, he tact "no proof" on there as well. I went before the judge, admitted to the DUI, was polite and jovial with her. She ended up
only charging me with the DUI and even let me setup on a payment plan to cover the costs that I did not have on me. I ended up shaving a lot of
points and financial woes off what could have been an extreme sentence and only had to deal with having that single DUI on my record.
All in all, no matter what, be courteous and calm. Jittery, nervous people make cops and officials nervous and they respond more aggresively. Tell
the truth within the limits of your rights. Dont ever ever put up a verbal or physical struggle. As Ron White said, "I dont know how many it would
take to wipe my a**, but I know how many they plan to use."
Excellent video and I know alot of what I said here is redundant to those made there, but they are worth repeating because they could mean the
difference between going about your business or going to jail.