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Los Angeles DUI and Anonymous Tips

  • May 26, 2017

    California law requires all police officers making a stop must have a reasonable suspicion the driver of the vehicle they are pulling over is doing something that’s against the law and/or dangerous. Police officers are not permitted to stop people because they want to, and they must be able to prove they suspect the driver of the vehicle is breaking some traffic law or another. It’s easy to see if someone is speeding, swerving, or using their phone while driving, but it’s not always so easy to tell when a driver is under the influence unless a police officer sees erratic driving or an open container in the vehicle when it passes.

    When drivers suspect someone is driving under the influence, they might call 911 to report their suspicions. This might occur when a driver observes another vehicle breaking laws and endangering other people on the road. If they call to report the vehicle they see, police have the right to pull over that vehicle on the suspicion the driver is under the influence. The police on the scene do not need to view anything unwarranted when the suspicion was reported over an emergency call.

    Anonymous Calls

    There are plenty of laws regarding the right to stop someone who has been reported anonymously, even when a police officer does not notice any erratic behavior. This occurs all the time, and a Los Angeles DUI attorney might have a tough case to prove when an anonymous call is what warranted a potential DUI stop. There are many people who feel this law is not one that should be in effect, but it’s managed to put a stop to many drivers under the influence in California alone.

    When a person calls to make an anonymous tip regarding a driver they feel is under the influence, the call is recorded. There might come a time in court when the defense or the prosecution wants to hear the 911 recording of the report, and it’s permissible in many instances. This is how many people fight an anonymous tip, especially when a police officer doesn’t view any inappropriate or erratic driving from the vehicle they pull over.

    There are ways in which the driver arrested and charged with a DUI can challenge a stop. This occurs when the driver asks to file a motion that suppresses the evidence. This is something an attorney can do for the driver of any vehicle stopped on the suspicion of being under the influence. This occurs when a police officer finds a traffic stop invalid, and no one is permitted to hear the call from that point forward.

    Anyone arrested and charged with a DUI must call a Los Angeles DUI lawyer right away. There is no time to waste when it comes to investigating your case. Evidence should be new, and an attorney should have ample time to gather evidence and find proof that your stop was not warranted, you were not under the influence, or that the arresting officer did not follow proper protocol. This is why it’s imperative you hire an experienced attorney to help you through this process.

    An attorney with ample knowledge of the law and experience working with DUI clients is one that knows how to challenge evidence and potentially reduce sentences. Since a DUI arrest can come with a conviction, you might face jail time, hefty fines, and even community service hours in addition to any other punishments issued if you carry a professional license in California. There is no time to wait. Call now to help your case.

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