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Crystal Lake IL DUI defense attorneyGood citizens are everywhere, and they are called that because they are generally “good.” Their behaviors mean no harm but only to help the community or someone in need. Some are inclined to notify law enforcement when they witness what they believe to be a crime, and anonymous tips from these individuals pour into police stations regularly. A significant portion of these tips is from drivers or passengers on the roadway reporting someone who appears to be driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.

What Do the Police Do With This Information?

If a tipster calls 911 to report an emergency, such as a drunk driver on the road, the operator will immediately begin to attempt to get as much information out of the informant as possible. The 911 center keeps a record of the call and can call the number back to obtain more information. This information alone is enough for police to stop a vehicle or driver matching the tipster’s description so that the officer can ask questions and gather more information.

Can an Officer Make an Arrest?

According to the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, an officer must have probable cause before making an arrest. One source of probable cause is an officer or an informant witnessing the suspicious behavior firsthand. Anonymous tips alone are not always sufficient to establish probable cause, as it can be difficult to determine the credibility of the source. For example, an anonymous informant may have a personal vendetta against the suspect, motivating them to make a false accusation.

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How Police Identify Drivers for DUI StopsPolice officers are always on the lookout for drunk drivers, but they must have reason to believe that a driver may be impaired before pulling him or her over on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, there is a wide range of driving behavior that can justify a DUI stop. As a driver, your innocent mistake may raise an officer’s suspicion. Even if you are sober, a DUI stop is risky because a misunderstanding may lead to erroneous charges.

Reasons for Stops

Police have enough justification to stop you if you have committed a traffic violation or are driving in a way that is a nuisance to other drivers. What may make them suspect a DUI is the nature of your infraction, the time of day and your proximity to establishments serving alcohol. Suspicious driving behavior may include:

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