14Jul 2017

If Someone Spots A Potential Drunk Driver, Can They Call It In And Will Anything Be Done?

Let's say you are driving on the Interstate and you notice a car weaving in and out of its lane, or driving well under the speed limit and you pass the driver who you notice has glassy eyes. Can or should you have someone in your car call it in?

If someone does call it in this is what is known as an anonymous tip and the police can act on it, even if the police have not witnessed the drunk driving activity themselves. In 2014 the Supreme Court ruled in Navarette v California that law enforcement may act on an anonymous tip regarding a potential drunk driver citing the harm that drunk drivers can cause.

What the court determined was that if an anonymous tip has "sufficient indicia of reliability," then an officer does not need to directly observe the suspicious DUI behavior and can proceed to investigate. If you live in Burlington, Essex, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne or anywhere in the State of Vermont, and have been arrested or charged with DUI or any crime, call Handy Law for aggressive and experienced legal defense.