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Can I get pulled over for drunk driving based on an anonymous tip?


Yes, you can get pulled over for drunk driving based on an anonymous tip. In Navarette v. California, the Supreme Court held that police officers may stop a driver to check whether he is drunk based solely on an anonymous call to a 911 dispatcher. I have seen it happen as a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney. One August afternoon in 2008, a 911 dispatcher in Humboldt County, California, got a call from a driver reporting that a specific silver Ford pickup truck, license number supplied, had driven her off the Pacific Coast Highway. Highway patrol officers found and trailed the pickup, which seemed to be driving normally. Nonetheless, they pulled the pickup over, supposedly to see whether the driver was drunk. He was not, but he was transporting 30 pounds of marijuana, which the officers later claimed was in plain smell.

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