Can you subpoena someone you believe is an informant on your case?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Bronx, NY

When you want to subpoena someone do you have to tell the judge the specific reason you wish to subpoena that person?...
drug case

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    Answered . Speak with your lawyer to develop a strategy.

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    Answered . When the DA finds out they will move to quash the subpoeana. Unless there is relavence to the charges you will not be allowed to call a CI. For example, often there is a CI in a drug case who makes buys that lead to a search warrant but the DA does not charge the sales to the CI so he or she is not relevent to the charges. A judge would likely quash under that fact pattern.

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    Answered . Generally yes.

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