Being held in jail in Pennsylvania would obviously be a stressful experience. A situation may become complicated for those facing federal drug charges if law enforcement agents start asking for their help to aid in further investigations. This appears to the case in another state where a man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of selling carfentanil.
This drug is said to be at least 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Authorities involved in the case have said they hope the man and woman will cooperate in their investigation by providing information that may lead them to other suspects higher up in the drug distribution chain. Whether the defendants provide authorities with the information they are seeking remains to be seen.
Many times, rather than discussing a case with investigators, defendants enlist the support of criminal defense attorneys to communicate with law enforcement agents and court officials. In this way, an attorney is often able to provide effective representation that works toward obtaining successful results in court. For instance, there are some questions that an attorney may believe are better left unanswered, or at least answered in a different way from what a defendant might say when put on the spot during an interrogation.
Facing federal drug charges in Pennsylvania or any other state often places a person's private and professional reputation at risk. Anyone in need of assistance with regard to ongoing police investigations may request guidance from a criminal defense lawyer. By allowing an experienced attorney to act on one's behalf, the potential negative consequences of a situation may be minimized.
Source: wcpo.com, "DEA: Some drug dealers afraid to sell heroin after federal carfentanil indictments in Cincinnati", Tom McKee, Sept. 22, 2016