Providence, RI asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island

Q: What are and aren't undercover drug cops allowed to do/say?

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Thomas Briody

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Providence, RI
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: There is no simple answer. The law on entrapment is complex. In general, an officer cannot improperly induce someone to commit a crime. But it’s not illegal to offer the opportunity or chance to commit a crime. Example: “Wanna buy these drugs?” That’s okay.” “If I don’t get someone to buy these drugs, my source is going to kill me because I owe him money.” That’s not okay. The key is in the details. Police officers are not permitted to induce someone to commit a crime that he/she would not otherwise commit. Hope this answer is helpful.

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