If you’ve been arrested and charged with a drug crime, you have potential information that drug task agents and detectives would love to have. Oftentimes they’ll attempt to derive this information from you with promises of reduced charges or other can’t refuse offers. Those accepting such an offer are known as confidential informants, or CI’s. The street name for a confidential informant is ‘snitch.’
Contact your Attorney
If you decide to cooperate with police and provide the information they request, it is best to do so with your attorney by your side. Your attorney can help you in many ways. Both advantages and disadvantages exist with such a decision to become a CI, and you want to ensure that there is a credible witness there to verify the offer that is on the table in exchange for your information. Your attorney ensures hat the police hold up their end of the deal but they also protect your identity and ensure that you do not incriminate yourself in any other manner or crimes.
Choosing to cooperate with the police must be done carefully; else the entire plan may backfire in your face. This is yet another reason it is so important that your attorney is present for all correspondence related to information provided.
What Happens when you cooperate?
When you choose to cooperate with police, the first thing that you will do is sit down for an interview with detectives (and your attorney.) If the information provided pans out and the detectives are satisfied with your story, the next step is to send you out on a drug buy from the individual. This isn’t an ordinary buy, however, as police will be watching nearby or have you wired with devices so they can hear. Sometimes the CI must commit to buying drugs for the police from this induvial on several occasions in order for a case to be built. This is not always the case, however. Sometimes the detectives will simply make an arrest. They prefer to have evidence in hand, however.
Generally speaking a CI does not have to testify against the criminal in court. Every measure possible is taken to ensure that the suspect does not find out that anyone was involved in their apprehension.
Tips for a Successful Interview
Remember that you do not have to admit any type of guilt when serving as a CI. It is best to keep all conversations during the interview concerning the actions of other people. Your lawyer will ensure that you stay on the right track as the interview is conducted.
The Reward of Working with the Police
Every bit of information that you can provide to detectives helps them get another drug dealer off of the streets, making the town just a little bit safer. Your information is always valuable, but as you might expect, detectives want ring leaders, the big wigs of the ordeal. As such, your reward for providing information increases or decreases based upon what you know and who you know that is involved in the portion.
Information most desired by police and detectives:
- Weapon possession during drug deals
- Drugs mailed via USPS or other shopping methods
- Manufacturing of drugs
- Transporting drugs
- Marijuana Cultivation
- Prescription Drug crimes
- Prescription drug fraud doctors
- High volume dealers
- Organized crime
- Gang related drug activity