Someone recently asked me:

I sold marijuana to an “informant” twice. The second time I was brought in by police and offered a deal to become an confidential informant. I was told if I brought in 5 controlled drug buys. My first buy went bad, and the cops ended up revealing my cover. After that they told me I just had to do one more buy. I can’t come up with anything substantial. I’m wondering if I have any chance of still getting my charges dropped, or at least most of them. I have no clue how the law works. Should I get a lawyer?

The short answer is that you should have gotten a lawyer from the very beginning. If you are arrested on a felony drug charge and offered the opportunity to cooperate – either by providing information or by setting up potential drug buys – you should always have an attorney on your side to make sure that the deal you’re offered is a good deal. In addition, you should have an attorney who can help you work with police to get credit for everything you do.

Many contracts technically fail – meaning that the defendant has trouble providing all the assistance the defendant said he would provide at the beginning of the contract. But a good attorney is sometimes able to get the defendant credit for his good faith efforts to succeed on the contract.

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Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.

Drug Crimes, Drug War, Substantial Assistance