Conspiracy sell drugs without solid proof, illegal?

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Conspiracy sell drugs without solid proof, illegal?

Currently involved in a case where I was
robbed at gun point. Talked with cops
and they are wanting to get a warrant to
pull Snapchat records to view the
conversation leading up to the robbery.
There may be self incriminating messages
in there. My questions are, if there’s
no physical proof of illicit drugs can I
be charged? Also, do I have to release
the information on my snapchat, can I
deny the warrant essentially?

Asked on September 9, 2019 under Criminal Law, Missouri

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

1) You can be convicted without "physical proof" if there is otherwise sufficient evidence that a crime was actually committed (i.e. concrete steps taken to accomplish the crime) and not merely discussed or contemplated (contemplation without action is not a crime). If this wasn't the case, if physical evidence were necessary, many drug charges could be beaten simply by "flushing" the drugs. The issue is not do the police have this type of evidence or that, but rather whether the totality of the evidence sufficiently proves the crime.
2) No, you cannot deny the warrant. If you try to, the authorities can potentially jail you for doing that and more imporantly can go directly to the carrier or provider to get the information from them.


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