Should I Cooperate With Police After A Drug Arrest?

Many individuals in Northeastern Pennsylvania who are accused of a drug crime are asked to help law enforcement with other investigations on the promise of some kind of mercy in their own criminal case. A proposed deal may offer leniency or a good word to the prosecutor in exchange for information on drug suppliers. Narcotics officers may ask a person to participate in a controlled drug buy to potentially reduce the consequences of a drug conviction in their own case.

Advice From A Defense Lawyer With A Background In Law Enforcement

At Kalinoski Law Offices P.C. in Scranton, we draw on more than a decade of criminal defense experience to advise clients about their legal options. Prior to entering the practice of law, attorney Craig P. Kalinoski served as a municipal police officer and gained valuable insight into how law enforcement works. We explore every option to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. We know that not every plea deal, or agreement with police, produces optimal results.

The offer to reduce your charges, or to help you to keep a clean record by helping police, can seem awfully enticing. Often, these are verbal deals that have not been worked out with the District Attorney. If the agreement is not in writing with the approval of the district attorney's office, it is essentially your word against the officer's — and not legally binding.

Do Not Let The Police Take Advantage Of You

Members of law enforcement have one goal in mind — gathering as much evidence as possible. Police may continue to hold charges over your head to force you to continue to participate in controlled buys well into the future. All the while, you still face the prospect of full prosecution without a legally binding agreement.

We will thoroughly evaluate the terms of your agreement, work to negotiate a more favorable deal and stand strong to ensure that your rights are safeguarded. An agreement must be viewed from every angle. If the prosecution's case is weak, the risks you face working as an uncover informant may not be worth the alleged benefits offered by law enforcement. To that end, we analyze the strength of the prosecution's case against you. Attorney Craig P. Kalinoski has earned a reputation for his drive to begin preparing for trial from day one to build a position of strength.

Exercise Your Rights — Call To Learn More

If you are under investigation, or have been arrested for a drug crime, you need to know that you have the right to have a lawyer present during any questioning. Moreover, an experienced criminal defense attorney can work with you to ensure any deal serves your best interests. We zealously fight for the rights of our clients in negotiations and trial, when necessary. Call 570-906-8173 or use our contact form to arrange an appointment and discuss your case during a free initial consultation.