Question: What should I say if a Maryland police officer asks if I have been drinking?
Answer: If a cop asks you any question—whether you’ve been drinking or anything else that tends to be incriminating—the first thing to know is that the cops are not your friends in any way, shape or form. They have one goal, and that’s to convict your butt of the criminal charge that they are pursuing. So, if they ask you, “Have you been drinking?” And the second that you say, “Yes, I had one or two beers at the bar that I just left,” well, you are automatically getting out of the car, you’re automatically doing fields, unless you’re smart and you decline to do the fields, in which case you will automatically be arrested. But once you are arrested, if you truly only had one or two beers, you’ll pass the breath test at the station.
And if he wants to proceed forward and charge you, like an idiot, then you will beat the case in court. Conversely, if one were not to answer his questions or to answer them in some other form of fashion that does not involve the consumption of alcohol over the last several hours, one may not be necessarily dragged out of their car and taken to the station.
But the big thing that people need to remember is that even of police officers ask you a question and they do so in a friendly fashion, if they do, anything that you say will 100% be used against you in court; it will be written down in their report and everybody will use it against you. So, minimizing any level of communication to the cops is extremely important. And they are not your friends in this type of scenario.