There are situations where proffers may be appropriate in an effort to mitigate or eliminate prosecution. A proffer is an offer of information to the prosecuting agency in return for a reduced sentence. Generally, there are two scenarios where a proffer is appropriate in drug cases. If you have been charged with trafficking and you have a drug problem, an offer of information about yourself and your drug history may encourage a reduced sentence. Because trafficking cases carry minimum mandatory sentences, the risk is great with a conviction. These laws were passed to target drug traffickers but drug users often suffer the harsh consequences of mere possession or sales to feed a habit. Offering information to support the position that you are in fact a user and not a dealer can sometimes encourage the prosecuting agency to consider more lenient sentences.
Proffers are also used to gain information from individuals who can bring down bigger dealers. Law enforcement agencies are very interested in utilizing intelligence from people who know the big players. Sometimes the small players can work as confidential informants assisting law enforcement in the community with drug buys.
If you have been arrested for a trafficking charge, contact our office about your options. Never try to arrange a proffer without the assistance of an attorney. Our attorneys will always explore all options for your trafficking charges and will never force you to do something you do not want to do. Working as a confidential informat can be a dangerous venture and you need to know your rights.