What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? CA Here is the situation. I work in a dinner house. A year ago after a breakup my then boyfriend took a ring my mother gave me. The police couldn’t do anything to return it, my word against his etc. So I tried to recover it and yup you guessed it I was arrested and a week ago I was convicted for breaking entering, got probation and fined. I’m not here to bellyache about it. Yesterday out of the blue I get a call from a detective asking me if I would like my recent conviction to go away. I laughed and said sure you have a magic wand? He said do you still work at the so and so restaurant? I said yes. He said they need my help on a drug case involving a coworker. I knew immediately who they were referring to; nothing is sacred in a restaurant bar. Although we’re not personal outside the workplace he is a likeable guy and I don’t think he is some dangerous gun toting drug dealer. I have never witnessed him engage in any illegal activity but its pretty common knowledge that he sells pot on the side. A few months ago the police kicked in his door and leveled a shot gun at his handicapped mother and tried to pull her on to the floor and destroyed their home and all they got was a few ounces and few hundred dollars. He was just telling everyone around the bar at closing that his lawyer was getting the case thrown out because the detective lied on the warrant, something about a controlled buy that took place at his house and he says it’s a total fabrication which would explain why this detective is so desperate. I’m not condoning selling pot and I believe that most people in law enforcement are dedicated and deserve our respect. However in this particular case even though the detective is trying to catch the bad guys does the end justify the means? If indeed the detective lied to get the warrant and kicked in the door with guns blazing putting everyone at risk etc, I maybe wrong that’s why I’m here but from where I’m standing doesn’t he pose more of a threat to society than the drug dealer? If I was in a unique position to help police get a dangerous felon off the streets I’d like to think I would do so without compensation but my gut feeling is telling me this isn’t something I should get involved in. I didn’t know what to do so I asked for some time to think about it. I only have till Tuesday and he said I can’t discuss this anyone connected but I need some input I hope someone can help me make the right decision. I have few questions.
1. Does a detective have the power to make a finished case disappear? I thought only the DA had the power to make deals.
2. What happens if I fail to get what they need? I’m not a customer if he suspects I’m a narc I could do more harm than good especially to myself. I don’t see how my identity could be protected.
3. I understand that deals are made with people who have broken the law in return to catch a bigger fish but is it the right thing to do? It sure doesn’t feel like it. Has anyone here got any advice or knowledge to share?