Law enforcement officials are expected to predict and prevent crimes as well as pursue convictions for crimes that have already occurred. Tactics they may use to prevent crime before it occurs include so-called "sting operations," and other similar procedures. These measures effectively aim to catch someone in the act of committing or commissioning a criminal action.

But there are times when overeager police officers go too far; rather than simply identifying a would-be offender, they provoke the criminal behavior. This is called entrapment, and it is illegal. The defendant in a criminal case may be acquitted if he or she can prove entrapment. If you believe that you may have been entrapped, contact Austin entrapment lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to discuss your case.

Proving Entrapment

It would be easy to misinterpret the concept of entrapment as an escape clause for anyone who happened to be caught in the "net" of a sting operation. However, this is not what "entrapment" means. To establish that intentional entrapment has taken place, the following conditions must be met:

  • The initial notion to commit the crime must have been suggested by the law enforcement agent
  • The accused party must have required persuasion to be moved to commit the crime
  • The accused cannot have been willing to commit the crime before the agent's interaction

If you have been a victim of entrapment, protecting your legal rights can be a challenge. You need an experienced Austin entrapment attorney to assist with your defense.

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You deserve a fair trial; if your rights have been violated, it is important that your attorney raises the issue of entrapment. Contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950.

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