Can ‘Snitching’ Reduce Your Sentence?

We’ve all seen TV shows and movies where the rat-faced guy in a crime ring is a snitch, and ends up with a reduced sentence. But reality is a bit different.

One technical term for “snitching” in the legal world is accomplice testimony, and while it is real, it works a little differently than TV legal dramas would have you think, as a blog called Prosecutor’s Discretion points out. It’s not as dangerous as it appears on screen, but neither is it a get-out-of-jail-free card.

Giving police information as an informant can help reduce your sentence, according to, but it’s not

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