Stings and Entrapment
Evaluating the Entrapment Defense After a Sting Operation
When a client comes to us seeking a strong defense against criminal charges, we look carefully at the nature of the evidence that the state will use. In many instances, the evidence was obtained illegally, in violation of constitutional protections. If that is the case, we can move to have that evidence excluded. We force the prosecution to prove its case using only properly obtained evidence.
At our Central Pennsylvania law firm, Curcillo Law, our criminal defense lawyer reviews police reports and witness statements to ensure that our client was not entrapped during a sting operation or other law enforcement action. This is most frequently the case in matters involving sex crimes and drug cases. We examine the details of the case against our client to ensure that the prosecution does not violate his or rights by using illegal evidence.
Do Stings Equal Entrapment? Consult an Experienced Defense Lawyer
For the evidence they produce to be admissible, sting operations must follow very rigid rules to avoid claims of entrapment. The primary defense against evidence produced by a sting operation is to claim that the illegal activity would not have occurred without law enforcement's presence. The situation must be carefully evaluated to distinguish between a successful sting operation, which is legal, and entrapment, which is not. Arguments regarding stings and entrapment are notoriously challenging for all but the most experienced defense lawyers.
It is difficult to prove entrapment in a sting operation. This defense requires a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer to mount a successful entrapment claim. Our attorney has successfully mounted entrapment defenses for clients charged with Internet sex crimes and drug trafficking. With experience in criminal law dating to 1985, attorney Curcillo has the knowledge and skill to evaluate evidence and, if warranted, develop a strong argument for entrapment.
Contacting Our Law Offices
To discuss your circumstances with an experienced criminal defense attorney, call our Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, law offices 717-651-9100 or contact us via email today.