North Carolina police investigating reports of a reckless driver in mid-September found themselves in front of a local Hooters restaurant where they found a slurring man who smelled of alcohol harassing restaurant patrons. Witnesses claimed that the man was intoxicated when he drove in, though he was not driving when police arrived.
When police asked him for his name, he gave a one-word response: Meow.
Asked again, he responded thusly: Meow.
If asked a few more times, he’d probably have made a fun Meow Mix commercial. Though the man was not charged with DUI for his behavior, he did get slapped with a public disorderly conduct charge as well as giving false information to police after he lied about not having an ID.
When Can Police Ask for ID?
There is no federal law requiring Americans to carry any form of ID, so is it always necessary to give cops your papers when asked?
In Colorado, we have what is known as a “stop and identify” statute. Around half of the states have these statutes, which allow police to legally ask for your ID if they have reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime.
So if an officer is harassing you but does not have reasonable suspicion of a crime, don’t let the officer’s holier-than-meow attitude intimidate you. You can find out if he or she has reasonable suspicion by asking the officer if you are free to go or if you are being detained. If you are free to go, stop talking and go. If you are detained, you’ll have to juggle whether it is worth it to give up your ID or face harsher punishments, like arrest or prolonged detention.
If you are facing charges of drunk driving, there is no time like right meow to get in contact with a drunk driving attorney.
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