Ashburn, VA asked in Criminal Law for Florida

Q: An officer gave me the choice of getting arrested. Or making a deal with a detective to do a drug deal for my freedom.

I was pulled over with paraphernalia, a small small amount of cocaine, an open container and my firearm. Wich I have a concealed for. The officer said I was facing 3 felonies and a misdemeanor. He gave me the option of letting me go free if I made a deal with a detective. The detective and I talked on the phone and basically told me I have to buy a couple grams 2 or 3 times from the person I get it from. And he and the officer said if I don’t corroborate they would put a warrant out for my arrest. He seized the cocaine and paraphernalia, but he left my open bottle of liquor and I was free to go and was instructed to call the detective Monday. Wich is today. The officers were actually very nice about the whole thing and I’m glad I wasn’t arrested. But I wasn’t offered protection or anything In writing for this deal. Are they aloud to do this? Or was this a scare tactic or a procedure they had to do to let me go free?

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Jeffrey H. Garland
Jeffrey H. Garland
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fort Pierce, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes, it sounds like a scare tactic. Yes, it sounds like a procedure to temporarily go free. Today, some cop might be wondering if you are going to call. if you don't, you just might get arrested on warrants for some or all of what they threatened at the time of the stop. You should retain an attorney to discuss this situation and your options. Depending on your record you could be looking at a lot of time. If you are already on bond for some other charge, you might have that bond revoked. If you are on probation, you might be arrested on a VOP and held without bond. All of this is why you need confidential and individualized advice.

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