What Doesn’t Work: Faking temporary deafness so you don’t have to answer police questions. If you start busting out pretend sign language, the officer is more likely to think you’re flashing some sort of Canadian gang signs, rather than think you’re hearing impaired. What Works: If at any time you feel you are being pressured by police, or you are uncomfortable by questions they are asking, say to them: “Am I being detained, or am I free to go?” If they say “detained” you should ask for a defense attorney and politely decline to answer any more questions. They must read you your rights at that point. If they say “free to go,” you should say thank you and walk or drive away immediately.