Can confidential informants or cops do controlled sales of drugs? 22 Answers as of July 17, 2013

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Leonard A. Kaanta, P.C. | Leonard A. Kaanta
Yes.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 5/22/2013
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
A controlled sale of drugs is a sting operation and it is legal but frowned upon in many areas.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/17/2013
Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
Yes.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/22/2013
Timothy J. Thill P.C.
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
Yes, both confidential informants and cops can do controlled drug transactions.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 6/12/2013
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
Yes, a CI can do a sale as long as they are acting under the authority of law enforcement.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 9/27/2012
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/22/2013
    Attorney at Law | Michael P. Vollandt
    Yes, they can and often do. It is known as a controlled sale.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/12/2013
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    CIs and cops do controlled drug sales every day. It's how they catch users and sellers.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/12/2013
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    The police often ask people who are arrested for drugs to give them information and make buys from others. Criminals are usually uneducated, easily manipulated, and do not understand their rights. They do not know enough to demand an attorney and let him advise them if they should cooperate with the police. Any deals that you cut should be made with your lawyer and the prosecutor and be in writing, not made with the police and the defendant. The police can use confidential informants or undercover officers to make buys and they will use recorded money if they are going to arrest the person on the spot. If they use a CI they may wait until a few weeks later to keep the CI safe because dealers make a lot of sales and will not know who set them up unless they go to trial. If you sell to a police officer you are going to get convicted almost every time. If you sell to a CI you will probably have to plead to a felony because it is strong evidence that you made the sale and the police are watching the sale and will testify that it was you who made the sale.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/28/2012
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    Confidential informants can participate in controlled drug sales.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 9/27/2012
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