Officer’s Have Heightened Duty to Confirm an Anonymous Tipster’s Information

By: Wallin & Klarich

An Experienced Criminal Defense Firm will Expose a Lack of Reliability from an Anonymous Informant

An anonymous tip, standing alone, seldom will exhibit sufficient indicia of reliability to support reasonable suspicion for an investigatory or traffic stop. An informant who provides information face-to-face to law enforcement is not considered the same as an anonymous tipster. See United States v. Romain, 393 F.3d, 63 (2004).

Officers do not have the same duty to confirm the citizen informant’s information before acting on it. When information is provided to law enforcement from an anonymous tipster, police officers do not have the opportunity to evaluate personally an informant’s expression, tone of voice, and mannerisms.

Your Wallin & Klarich Southern California criminal defense attorney knows how to expose the informant’s lack of credibility, or argue against the reliability of the information provided. Do not wait; contact our law firm as soon you have been cited so we can begin to help you. Contact us at 1-888-280-6839, or visit our website, for more information.

This is the third blog in a four part series on the nuances of search and seizure law. Check back tomorrow for part four.

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