If you were stopped by a police officer on suspicion of intoxication, you might be surprised if you learned the stop was made based on an anonymous 911 call about your driving. You might be more surprised to learn that this is legal. An officer can stop and arrest you for a DUI even if he did not observe dangerous driving on your part.
In appropriate circumstances, an anonymous tip that provides reasonable suspicion of driver intoxication is enough for an officer to legally stop a driver. Factors that determine whether the tip was reliable enough include:
If you were stopped based on an anonymous tip, South Dakota judges may decide that the police had reasonable suspicion to stop you. It is important to discuss the facts of your particular case with an experienced criminal defense attorney to see if the call was reliable.
Have you been charged with a DUI based on an anonymous 911 call? Even if this is your first offense, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side. At Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, we will explain your legal rights and work to get the charges dismissed. Start an online chat to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you.
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