CI: Confidential Informant
Interviewer: Is there anything regarding drug cases that you’d like to mention in closing?
Brett Hollett: There is a potential for certain individuals to become confidential informants or CIs. That’s another way for people to try to work off their cases or try to have their cases dismissed.
Becoming an Informant May Be the Only Option Available to Certain People
Interviewer: How does someone get involved that and is it something that you would recommend?
Brett Hollett: It depends on the severity of the case. It depends on what they’re looking at; it depends on what other options they may have. It’s definitely an option to explore, and one that should not just be dismissed. It can truly help out that person if they do what’s required of them.
It Can Be Dangerous to Act as a Confidential Informant
Being a confidential informant can be extremely dangerous in some instances and you can be putting yourself or your family in peril.
Interviewer: How long would someone have to be an informant?
A CI May Have to Provide Evidence on 3 Other People before Their Case Is Dismissed
Brett Hollett: If you have an agreement made between them and the agency, typically we see a lot of the agencies want that person to give to them what they consider three good arrests or three good cases. To get those cases, it may require a couple different meetings or buys. Most want a 3 for 1 return.
The Length of Time You Receive Drug Treatment Depends on an Evaluation
Interviewer: If someone’s facing a drug crime and they are first time offender, what you recommend is try to get some counseling or treatment. How long are those kinds of programs going to last?
Brett Hollett: It depends. The person would go to an initial evaluation with whoever it may be and based on that evaluation or assessment the counselor or the facility would determine the amount of treatment required.
In Alabama, Drug Convictions Carry Serious Consequences Including Prison, Fines and a Loss of License
There is one last issue that we didn’t talk about. With a misdemeanor drug offense, people are facing a potential of up to one year in jail. The punishment for a class C felony, which is a controlled substance possession case in Alabama, would be a year and a day in the state penitentiary or up to 10 years in prison.
There are some serious repercussions to these actions as well. There are also serious amounts of fines that have to be paid. They could be facing up to a $15,000 fine for a felony drug case. And, they could lose their license for a period of six months.
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