Tipsters and DUI Cases
Anyone with a cellular phone can call authorities to report drunk driving. If a tipster was involved in your DUI case, your Sacramento DUI lawyer can help you respond correctly to the prosecutor.
In many cases, tipsters identify themselves, but sometimes the informant is completely anonymous. This gives the informant less credibility than those that have revealed their name. The reliability of the information provided by the tipster is the main issue, not arresting officer observations.
Police must have enough information to pursue a DUI stop. In Utah, for example, the girlfriend of a defendant called police to report a non-violent domestic dispute she was having with her boyfriend. The woman was intoxicated at the time and reported that her boyfriend had been drinking and was driving away. The girlfriend gave further information about his description, the car he was driving, and driving direction. The police officer was mistakenly told by the dispatcher that the defendant was intoxicated. A police sergeant caught up with the defendant and observed him driving slowly but not breaking any traffic laws. He was then arrested anyway by the police sergeant for driving under the influence.
The defendant’s motion to suppress was denied by the trial court, and the Court of Appeals in Utah found the tip lacking specific information about his intoxication level. Without this information, the Utah Court of Appeals could not support detaining him.
If you are facing DUI charges in Sacramento relating to a tipster, contact an experienced Sacramento DUI lawyer so that you may guarantee the best possible outcome. Sacramento DUI lawyer Param Pabla is here to help. For an initial consultation, simply fill out the form on this page.