In criminal law, “entrapment” refers to the deliberate tactics a law enforcement officer may use in an effort to trick, manipulate, or persuade a person into committing a criminal offense. In other words, entrapment means being intentionally baited by the police. For example, if an officer or their agent initiates contact with you, plants an idea into your head, and then convinces you to commit a crime, that’s entrapment.
Being arrested for any criminal offense is a terrifying and life-changing ordeal. You shouldn’t have to face the legal penalties and social stigmas associated with a criminal record just because an officer tricked you. Fortunately, an alleged offender can claim entrapment as a defense option so long as he or she can prove they wouldn’t have committed the crime without the officer’s intervention. Claims of entrapment are often used in “victimless crimes,” such as prostitution, solicitation, and gambling.
In summary, the legal elements of entrapment include:
- The defendant had no prior interest or plan to commit the crime; and
- An officer of the law – directly or through a representative – convinced the defendant to commit the crime through trickery, persuasion, or fraud.
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While claiming entrapment can be an incredibly effective legal strategy, it’s also very challenging to prove in court. You’re going to need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney if you want to secure a favorable case outcome. At The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, our Virginia Beach criminal defense attorney can meticulously investigate your case and develop a customized litigation strategy that proves you are the victim of manipulation. If the court agrees with this assessment, you will be found not guilty of any charges and your case will be dismissed.
Contact The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller at (757) 517-2942 to schedule a free case evaluation. Our trial-tested lawyer is prepared to aggressively fight for your rights both in and out of court.