Entrapment Defense – Gerald R Stahl is Grand Rapids Best Criminal Defense Attorney
What is Entrapment?
Entrapment may be a defense when an accused is charged with a crime. In Michigan, the court has adopted an objective test for entrapment which allows the Courts to consider the circumstances of the defendant in determining whether a police officer’s conduct induced the commission of a crime. The focus of the objective test is whether the actions of the police were so reprehensible under the circumstances as to mandate that the conviction does not stand.
Entrapment may carry different requirements or standards depending upon the jurisdiction. In some jurisdictions the courts use a subjective test, in other words, whether or not the defendant was predisposed to commit a particular crime.
In Michigan, the defendant has the burden to go forth and show by a preponderance of the evidence that he was the victim of police entrapment. An example of entrapment may be where the police use a long time friend of a defendant, and the police know that the defendant is desperate for money and the informant then induces the defendant to sell drugs. A police officer encouraging an agent to use sex to induce one to commit a crime may constitute entrapment.
In all cases where the defendant believes he is being entrapped into the commission of a crime, the court will have to hold a separate hearing in order to determine whether or not entrapment applies in that case.
If You or Someone You Know May Have Been Entrapped by Law Officials, “Better Call Stahl”
Gerald R Stahl is Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Attorney that has represented clients charged with crimes ranging from Homicide to Drunk Driving for over 30 years. Gerald R Stahl is conveniently located on East Beltline near Knapp’s Corner and the 63rd District Court.
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