Q: What Is The Legal Definition Of Entrapment?
A: This is a common question and subject to many misinterpretations.
Entrapment is a defense to criminal charges. The basis for entrapment occurs between an officer and defendant before or during the alleged crime. When an officer coerces or uses overbearing tactics to induce someone to commit a crime.
The key question is whether the officer did something that would induce an otherwise normally law abiding citizen to commit a crime.
An officer posing as a buyer of drugs who buys from a suspected drug dealer would not be committing entrapment if that person freely sold him the drugs. In contrast: say that same officer tried to buy drugs from an elderly woman who has prescription drugs. She refuses and then the officer came up with an excuse that his mother was ill and needs something for the pain. That could rise to the level of entrapment.
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