One law enforcement strategy that may result in wrongful charges against an individual is entrapment. Entrapment occurs when a law enforcement agent provokes someone to commit a crime he or she would not normally commit. These are sometimes referred to as “sting operations” where law enforcement agents impersonate prostitutes, bookies, or drug dealers to catch a criminal in the act. If someone is charged with a drug crime but can prove the officer used entrapment, he or she may avoid conviction.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime and feel you are the victim of entrapment, you need a professional criminal defense lawyer to protect your interests. Contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. today at 414-271-9595 to schedule a consultation with a qualified legal representative.
Elements of Entrapment
Entrapment can often be difficult to prove. That is why you need an aggressive and experienced defense attorney to represent you. You typically cannot claim entrapment if you were already willing to commit the crime, and the officer simply presented an opportunity for you to do so. To prove entrapment, you must demonstrate the following elements:
- The first thought of committing the crime had to come from the officer and not the accused criminal, such as if a police officer impersonating a prostitute approaches you and speaks with you first
- The officer or agent had to talk you into the crime, not just give you a chance to commit it
- The victim had no intention of committing the crime before meeting the agent
Proving entrapment can be tricky if you have a past criminal record, but it is not impossible if you have the help of a tenacious criminal defense attorney.
If you believe that you have been coerced into committing a crime by a law enforcement official, you may be a victim of entrapment. Call the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C., at 414-271-9595 today to discuss your case.