BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new smartphone app is now available that allows drivers suspected of Driving While Intoxicated to record their conversation with police and send it directly to a lawyer.
The app is called Duey Dialer and it’s designed to connect users with a local attorney if they are pulled over or get stopped at a sobriety checkpoint.
With one push of a button the app will record audio and send contact information to an attorney in real-time.
“You don’t have to give a second thought about who to reach out to,” said Daniel Delgado, the app’s co-creator. “Once you launch the app it can be on your dashboard. It can be on your seat. It can be anywhere, even on your person. And it will do what it needs to do.”
The app uses GPS coordinates to get users in touch with the closest law firm.
Not everyone thinks it’s a great idea. “I think that having that in your pocket and able to call whenever is saying that it’s just a simple mistake. When in reality it’s not a mistake. And it’s just an easy way to get out of what happened,” said Kenmore resident Courtney Rust.
Delgado said the automated system is designed to protect a user’s rights when they’re most vulnerable.
“We don’t advocate anyone drinking and driving. This is really like insurance. Nobody wants to use insurance, but we all have insurance,” he said.
While not yet available in New York State, the app is rolling out nationwide.
Kenmore resident Michael Jesserer thinks it’s a good for citizens and police officers. “It allows the officers to not have sort of a me versus you conversation. It’s all third party . It’s all recorded,” he said. “It’s going to protect the innocent, both sides. I don’t see anything wrong with it. It seems like a great step forward.”
Kenmore resident Robin Maglietto said if people would concentrate on driving responsibly they wouldn’t need such an app.
“I think it’s another excuse for everybody to do what they want to do to be honest with you. I just don’t feel that it’s appropriate or a good idea,” she said.
Town of Tonawanda Police Captain Joseph Carosi said apps like Duey Dialer won’t change what officers in his department are already doing.
“It will record their conversation with the police which we welcome. We welcome transparency in any kind of investigatory or arrest process. And we’re recording also. So we can compare recordings when we wrap everything up,” Carsosi said.
The app’s creators say it’s like having an attorney in your pocket.
“It supports the position of both parties, and this way there’s no ambiguity on either side. What may or may not have occurred because the recording is there,” Delgado said.
The Duey Dialer app is paid for by attorneys who join the network. The app is a free download available for Android smartphones.
Delgado said iPhone users can expect the app to be available for that platform shortly.