Re: Can an Officer Search Your Car if You Get Pulled Over for a Traffic Violation
That statement is prima facie probable cause for a drug search all by itself, isn't it? LOL...just kidding.
Seriously, though, it is best to avoid confrontational or provocative statements or actions. Just say, "No, I am not willing to give you consent to search my vehicle." If the cops press, try to shame you into consent, threaten a warrant, etc., just tell them, "I will not resist you, but I am refusing consent to search my vehicle." If the cops search anyway, they will have the burden of showing circumstances providing a legal justification for a warrantless search. The place to deal with that is in court, not there on the side of the road. If you resist or otherwise interfere, not only are you risking the incident escalating to the point someone gets physically hurt, you may be criminally charged even if the search is ultimately found to be unreasonable.
Obviously, my advice is don't drink or possess alcohol until you are of age to do so legally. However, you apparently have already made that choice and, just as apparently, are fully aware that getting busted will have negative consequences that could affect your life in a variety of ways. That choice is yours and I won't preach. However, I urge you to please be safe. Be conscious of the fact that alcohol impairs your judgment. So, you need to double and triple think any decisions you (or your buddies) make while drinking...decisions to drive, decisions to let you mouth run freely in front of the wannabe banger that just might have a real gun in the car, decisions to reenact your favorite scene in "jackass,"...you get the idea.
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.