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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Drug Informants

I have been dealing with confidential informants for most of my legal career. As a young prosecutor 25 years ago I served on a drug task force, and I would sign informants and use them in my court cases, and sometimes I would fire them and charge them with crimes.confidential informant As a criminal defense attorney, I wonder about their identity and sometimes interview them and cross examine them on the witness stand. They are looked at by our justice system as being a necessary evil. They are viewed by jurors with suspicion and are never really trusted by law enforcement. It takes a different sort of person to ever agree to be a drug informant. It is dangerous work and there is a high level of unpredictability in what the police will ask them to do. People agree to work as drug informants for a variety of reasons, including desperation, excitement, retribution or a sense of civic mindedness. Here is a list of the common questions that people ask about drug informants and what they face with their line of work.

Frequently asked questions about informants:

If the confidential informant was the person who initiated a crime would that be considered a form of entrapment?

Can a confidential informant serve on a jury in a criminal trial?

Does Spokane have a lot of paid confidential informants?

What happens if my lawyer made a mistake and was representing my confidential informant at the same time?

Do the feds care about the safety of confidential informants?

How do I obtain a confidential informant list?

Why do people agree to work as confidential informants?

What are the rules and requirements of being a confidential informant?

How to tell if someone is a confidential informant.

What should I do if I discovered that my lover is actually a confidential informant?

How can I make money being a confidential informant?

What is the meaning of a deactivated confidential informant?

What does a confidential informant have to do?

How do I get statements from a confidential informant?

Can I make a police report on a confidential informant?

How do confidential informants continue to commit crimes with no prosecution?