Police in Minnesota pulled over a man because of an arrest warrant connected to the vehicle’s owner. The officers soon discovered that the driver also had an active arrest warrant. The detainee handed one of the officers a “Get Out of Jail Free” card from the fabled board game, Monopoly. You can guess whether or not this ploy was successful.

During an arrest or interrogation by police, it is never a good idea to treat such events lightly and make jokes or other comments that are less than serious or to the point. Remember, anything you say may be used against you in a court of law. It is important to know that a transcript or police report does not make note of sarcasm or other emotion indicated by voice inflection.

Also, if the arrest or interrogation was recorded on video, as many are in these modern times, and a jury sees this conduct related to a serious criminal matter, they will probably not react too favorably.

Law enforcement personnel risk their lives every day to do what is an extremely important and serious job. When they stop, interrogate, or arrest a person, they are solely looking for cooperation and not stand-up comedy. It is also not entirely inconceivable that an arresting officer would perceive the act of using a “Get out of Jail Free” card as suggestive of a bribe, which could have serious consequences well beyond the original stop.

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