Anonymous Tipsters | Orange County DUI attorney
Anonymous Tipster Situations in Your Drunk Driving Arrest
There are numerous scenarios that end with a drunk driving arrest. A situation that has become far more common over the last several years starts with a cell phone call from an anonymous “tipster” alerting the police of a suspected drunk driver on the road. In order for this to be a valid arrest, there must be evidentiary and legal requirements that exist. Your experienced Orange County DUI attorney will be able to analyze the facts surrounding this “tipster” situation to determine whether it was a legal stop.
Legally speaking, the police cannot simply pull up to a vehicle identified by a tipster as a drunk driver and arrest the driver. By law, the police have to observe the driver either do something that would otherwise justify a drunk driving stop, or otherwise violate some traffic law that, in and of itself, would justify the stop. In other words, the police need a valid reason to pull over the driver of the car that was reported. However, the problem is that since arresting officers know that they need independent information to stop a car for a possible DUI, they will note something to that effect in their notes, even if not true.
This is where the representation of an experienced Orange DUI attorney is invaluable. Your Orange County DUI attorney will do a detailed evaluation of the case to determine whether in fact there was any valid reason to pull you over, other the anonymous phone call of a tipster. If not, then your charges will successfully be dropped.
Every DUI case needs to be examined carefully. Specifically, DUI charges that are there the result of an anonymous cell phone tip bring a few additional elements to the case, and those, too must be critically scrutinized will all due care. A knowledgeable and well-qualified Orange County DUI attorney will perform a detailed investigation into all aspects of your DUI case to determine whether the initial traffic stop was based upon reasonable suspicion.
If you or someone that you love has been arrested for a DUI, it is crucial that you consult with an Orange County DUI attorney as soon as possible. Call Orange County DUI attorney Mike Coffey today to schedule a free initial consultation.