When does it make sense to cooperate and when does it not?

New York white collar criminal defense attorney, Florian Miedel, explains when to cooperate with law enforcement.

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Transcript:

The decision about whether to cooperate is ultimately, a personal decision. There is a great benefit to cooperating for somebody because they assure themselves that they’re going to receive a sentence that’s dramatically less than what they otherwise would have gotten. But there are also reasons not to cooperate, personal reasons such as the possibility of retribution by the people that they’re cooperating against. It can be very dangerous for people to cooperate in federal cases, in significant Narco cases, in gang cases, and all kinds of situations people are going to be very upset with their friend flipping and cooperating against them, for example.

As a general rule, if a person is facing a very long sentence, it may make sense to cooperate because it may be the only way that the person gets a chance of getting a significantly reduced sentence. If they are facing a sentence of one, or two, or three years, I mean, of course, any day in jail is too much for somebody but the risks and the downsides of cooperating may simply not be worth it.