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Disclosing identity of a confidential informant ( Drug Charges )

San Antonio, TX |
Filed under: Privacy law

Does the identity of a CI have to be permitted if the CI only gave information to produce a search warrant. Information proved to be accurate when drugs we're found on the suspect after warrant was exicuted.

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  1. Best answer

    Generally, a CI's identity need not be disclosed unless the CI's information only was used to get the warrant, or the CI is a witness to the arrest (in limited circumstances).

    "Proving to be accurate" is not the test.

    Cynthia Henley
    713-222-1220


  2. This is a criminal defense question. I added tags to help you get a response.

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  3. I don't know what you mean by "have to be permitted." The identity of the CI will be protected at all costs. There is a special hearing your attorney can request to try to get at the identity or at least the type of information he provided, but judges rarely force a CI's identity to be revealed.

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