The Law Offices of Elaine E. Lukic
20 Years Experience
Former domestic violence & sex assault prosecutor
Free Consultation 24/7
Toll Free: 800-478-8859
Menu Contact
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals" — Equal Justice Foundation

Understanding your rights: What is entrapment?

If you get arrested for a crime, it's important to fully understand your rights. In some cases, the authorities may have violated those rights during the arrest or the very commission of the crime itself. That's what happens in entrapment cases.

Essentially, entrapment means that the authorities enticed you to commit a crime just so that they could arrest you. This violates a legal theory stating that "[g]overnment agents may not originate a criminal design, implant in an innocent person's mind the disposition to commit a criminal act, and then induce commission of the crime so that the Government may prosecute."

If you were not predisposed to commit the crime and the authorities are the ones who caused you to do it, that's entrapment.

For instance, perhaps you've never thought about stealing a car in your life. Then, while you're walking home, a man comes up to you and asks if you'll help him steal a nearby BMW for $1,000. Seeing a quick way to make $1,000, you agree to do it, and the man then reveals that he's a police officer, and he arrests you. That's entrapment.

However, the authorities can give you a chance to break the law, as long as you make the decision yourself. For example, they sometimes leave "bait cars" in areas with a lot of car thefts. They then watch and arrest anyone who attempts to steal them. If you tried to take that car, you couldn't claim it was entrapment, because they didn't make you do it or encourage it.

These cases can be complicated. It's important to know your rights and defense options.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Learn How We Can Help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email us for a response

Palm Beach Gardens Office
Village Square Professional Park
800 Village Square Crossing
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Toll Free: 800-478-8859
Phone: 561-656-2024
Fax: 561-656-2041
Map & Directions

Lakewood Office
200 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80228

Toll Free: 800-478-8859
Phone: 303-809-3425
Fax: 303-569-2233
Map & Directions

Frisco Office
307 Main Street
Frisco, CO 80443

Toll Free: 800-478-8859
Phone: 970-668-3222
Fax: 303-569-2233
Map & Directions