Can a person be prosecuted solely on testimony from a felon that is plea bargaining?

UPDATED: Feb 21, 2012

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Can a person be prosecuted solely on testimony from a felon that is plea bargaining?

Our son (age 18) suddenly found out he had an arrest warrant out for him. He turned himself in and is now out on bail, but we still have no details of the charges. He’s charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand larceny. We think it may be part of a plea deal an acquaintance of his made. My son had nothing to do with any crime, and there should be no evidence to support the accusations. Can this really go to court based on this convicted felon’s testimony alone?

Asked on February 21, 2012 under Criminal Law, Florida


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written, it is entirely possible that criminal charges could have been filed against your son where he was arrested based upon testimony of an informant that is part of a plea deal. Based upon my experience in criminal matters, this type of arrest happens quite frequently.

If your son does not have a criminal defense attorney representing him, I suggest that you consult with one about the matter you are writing about.

There is the chance that the charge against you son can go to trial based upon a convicted felon's testimony. However, the felon is required to take the stand at trial and give testimony for the case against your son to proceed.

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