Cooperation with Police: Reduction in Sentence

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In Virginia you may cooperate with police or other authorities and in turn, earn a sentence reduction. This does not happen often, and is very case specific, turning on the novelty of any information you have, its usefulness, your cooperation, and the seriousness of the offenses you provide information about. While cooperation with police in this way may be beneficial to a Defendant, it also has inherent risks, and requires an attorney to ensure that your rights are being protected, and that you are not causing yourself more harm than good.

What if I am Offered a Cooperation Deal?

If you are charged with a crime, and appear to have information that is useful and important to the police or other agencies, you may be approached about a cooperation with police deal of some kind.

What will be required of you is what is sometimes known as a “debrief,” where you sit down with one or more investigators (and your lawyers) and answer their questions about criminal activity you have knowledge of. In turn, the Commonwealth with ask the judge to impose a reduced sentence for your own charge.

In practice the process is not a straight forward as it may sound.

Do I Need an Attorney if I Want to Cooperate?

If you plan to cooperate with the police or any similar agency, you absolutely need an attorney. This process will require cooperation and communication between yourself, prosecutors, investigators, and ultimately the court.

Not all deals are created equal, and a lawyer can help make sure that you are getting the best deal for the information you have. Just as importantly, a lawyer can ensure that you are being offered the right immunity for the information you have. The last thing you want is to cooperate only to find yourself with another charge to fight. Having an attorney with you can help make sure you aren’t jeopardizing yourself with anything you say.

If you are charged with a crime, and think you may be in a position to cooperate with the authorities for a sentence reduction, an qualified local attorney is essential.

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