Should I be concerned that I may get charged with something?

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Should I be concerned that I may get charged with something?

3 years ago I was stupid and dating a **** dealer. We got pulled over in my car and he had hidden **** cocaine in the glove compartment. It was his and his friends who was in the back seat. Now the police want me to tesify against these two people. I have been cooperative with the police. I am meeting with them before the trial. I’m worried the guys might lie and try to say it is my crack. The two guys have long criminal records and the cops want them bad. A friend of mine said I should be careful that the cops won’t turn on me.

Asked on May 12, 2009 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

Chances are that you have nothing to worry about.  They are interested in the guys with the "long criminal records".  I don't believe for one minute that they will take their word over yours.  What might happen however is if you for some reason refuse to testify.  Then they could also charge you. Probably possession, maybe intent to sell.  They then might offer you immunity from prosecution for your testimony; but maybe not.

I don't know if the charges involved would be a felony.  If not you have no worries, in PA they would have had to have brought charges against you within two years and its already been three.  However, for felony charges, they have up to five years to file charges.

Bottom line, you may have some potential criminal exposure here.  Your best bet is to talk this all over with a criminal attorney in your area.  Again, you are probably not in any jeopardy but it's better to be safe than sorry.


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