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  Police Are Allowed To Lie
It is well settled area of law that police are allowed to lie to suspects during the course of their investigation.  However, a recent case has taken this situation one step further.  In People v. C.S.A., the defendant had a pending criminal case and several probation violations, when he made a deal with the police.  The police promised to make his cases “go away” if he provided them with certain information.  The defendant lived up to his end of the deal, but the cases never went away.  The court ruled that the police never had the authority to make this deal in the first place. 
This type of scenario is very common in cases where a person is accused of drug sales.  The police will often promise to have the charges reduced or dropped if a suspect is willing to snitch on other drug dealers or even do controlled buys for the police.  This is a dangerous practice that many people choose to do because they rely on the promise of the police that their charge will be dismissed.  The only agency that can reduce or dismiss the charges is the District Attorney’s Office.  If  you are accused of drug sales and the police lean on you for information or promise to make your charges “go away”, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.  A proper deal can only negotiated with the District Attorney’s office.
Categories: Criminal Defense, Drugs

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