It is very common for JSO to use confidential informants (referred to as CI’s) in drug cases in Jacksonville. The police will convince someone to “work” for them. The person usually has pending criminal charges and wants to reduce their time. Police have the CI set up a drug deal and then then use their testimony to arrest someone on drug charges in Jacksonville.
After a drug arrest based on a CI’s cooperation, the prosecutor can keep their identity secret from the Jacksonville Drug Lawyer. The privilege to keep the CI’s identity confidential is a limited one.
The Jacksonville Attorney has to show that the informant’s identity is relevant to a specific defense he or she wants to assert or show that the testimony of the informant is essential to the fair determination of the guilt or innocence of the client.