Philadelphia, PA asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: In the state of Virginia can they prosecute somebody off of a informant and that is it?

I have a friend that does not have a record actually he's had license guns and a speeding ticket a confidential informant which was on his Discovery paper as just see I and a number said a b c and d no proof just off of him is that enough to prosecute? Also in Virginia with a criminal case like that he was found with some stuff but a user not a dealer is he able to see the informant and see what they would have to say? Or is that only when you take it to trial if you take it the plea bargain will he not know what the confidential informant who he is? I'm just asking for a friend thank you

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Bryan J. Jones
Bryan J. Jones
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: The testimony of a confidential informant is enough to take the case to trial. If he takes a plea deal, he won't know the name of the confidential informant. He'll only be able to find out if he takes the case to trial.

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