It’s not uncommon for me to get a call from someone who was caught by the police with a lot of drugs, but not arrested. Last month I spoke with someone who got nabbed with over 400 ecstasy pills. An arrest like that has led to years in jail for some people. But this guy was not arrested at all.
Instead, the police are making him work as an informant. Basically he is putting his life on the line to get others busted. Ideally this would be in exchange for a guarantee that he will never get charged, but that doesn’t happen. The police have up to three years to charge you for a felony and basically make you their slave during that time. You could bust 10 people for them, but if you don’t get the 11th then they will screw you over.
Working as an informant is a way better deal than jail, but there needs to be an end game. If this happens to you, you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Illinois for drug cases. They can usually negotiate a deal that commits you to a certain amount of help and then gets you off the hook, forever.
If you don’t get a written deal, you are foolish and at their mercy. They need your help. That help should be laid out clearly so nobody can dispute what you have to do and don’t have to do.