Can police make you work for them in order for them to drop charges against you?

Let me go after stopping me but came next day and now want me to snitch.

Asked on June 21, 2016 under Criminal Law, Illinois


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The police cannot force you to work for them in order to get charges dropped... but many people do snitch in order to obtain a dismissal.
However, before you do, make sure that you take an attorney with you to negotiate the deal.  Snitching can be dangerous and you don't want to take this kind of risk without a firm deal that will be enforceable.  Many people snitch only to learn later that the officer who made the deal had no authority to do so. 

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