Cases involving possible police entrapment are complex and required focused attention. Entrapment remains one of the most common defense tactics used by defendants, yet it can be very difficult to prove and often goes unreported or unresolved without proper guidance.
What is Entrapment?
Entrapment is a term used to describe an investigative technique whereby law enforcement agents create a situation in which a person commits a criminal act that they might not have committed if there had been no involvement by the agent. This includes any conversation of an illegal nature, persuasion, or tactics that cause an individual to engage in criminal behavior that they would otherwise have been unlikely to perform. In some cases, the agents' conduct may be so persuasive and coercive in nature that it may overcome the will of the defendant and pressure them into wrong-doing. The ethical use of police entrapment as an investigative tool has been frequently debated given its problematic nature and potential for creating extreme prejudice within trials.
Entrapment as a Criminal Defense
Entrapment frequently occurs in connection to drug cases, especially drug trafficking.
However, the defendant can often argue that they had no intention to commit a crime and therefore should not be penalized for the actions taken under the heavy-handed influence of law enforcement.
It can be extremely difficult to prove that the defendant was the victim of illegal police entrapment. However, with the help of an experienced attorney, it is possible.
Drug Trafficking Defense in Jacksonville
Do you think entrapment is the best defense strategy for your case? Or are you wondering what other legal principles may apply? Discuss the details of your arrest with our team at First Coast Criminal Defense. Once we learn more about your situation, we can provide the legal guidance you need. We’ll support you throughout your case– fighting tirelessly for the best possible outcome. Set up a consultation today: call (904) 474-3115 or click here.