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United States Supreme Court to Decide Whether an Anonymous Tip Can Justify a Traffic Stop

Generally, an officer must have reasonable suspicion you violated a section of the vehicle code before he/she may stop your vehicle. Nonetheless, officers can sometimes stop an individual based on an anonymous tip.

In 2006, the California Supreme Court considered the anonymous, uncorroborated tip issue. People v. Wells, 38 Cal. 4th 1078. In Wells, an unidentified individual called 911 to report a drunk driver. The caller only provided the description of the vehicle, its direction of travel, and that the person was weaving all over the road. An officer located a vehicle matching the description and stopped it even though hthe officer didn

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United States Supreme Court to Decide Whether an Anonymous Tip Can Justify a Traffic Stop

Generally, an officer must have reasonable suspicion you violated a section of the vehicle code before he/she may stop your vehicle. Nonetheless, officers can sometimes stop an individual based on an anonymous tip.

In 2006, the California Supreme Court considered the anonymous, uncorroborated tip issue. People v. Wells, 38 Cal. 4th 1078. In Wells, an unidentified individual called 911 to report a drunk driver. The caller only provided the description of the vehicle, its direction of travel, and that the person was weaving all over the road. An officer located a vehicle matching the description and stopped it even though hthe officer didn

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