Entrapment: A Vital Defense Strategy Explained

The concept of ‘entrapment’ often sparks intrigue and debate in both media and real-life legal proceedings.

The Rosenblum Allen Law Firm, specializing in defense law, aims to clarify this complex legal theory.

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What is Entrapment?

Entrapment in criminal law occurs when a defendant is induced or persuaded by law enforcement to commit a crime they had no intention of committing.

The defense of entrapment is intended to prevent law enforcement from coercing innocent people into criminal activities.

However, merely providing an opportunity for a crime is not considered entrapment.

Entrapment Types

There are two main forms of entrapment defenses: subjective and objective.

  1. Subjective Entrapment: This type focuses on the state of mind of the defendant. The court examines whether the defendant was inclined to commit the crime before law enforcement’s influence.

  2. Objective Entrapment: This type focuses on the actions of law enforcement. The court examines whether the police’s conduct would have caused a reasonable person to commit a crime.

Each state uses either one or both of these methods in determining entrapment.

Entrapment in Nevada

Entrapment is a legitimate defense in Nevada, where The Rosenblum Allen Law Firm operates.

However, the defendant must prove that they were entrapped.

The defendant must show that the intention to commit the crime came from law enforcement officers and they were not inclined to commit the offense.

Entrapment and Sting Operations

A common question is the distinction between entrapment and lawful sting operations.

Sting operations are legal and an accepted strategy for apprehending criminals.

The difference lies in the initiation and the intent.

In a valid sting operation, law enforcement officers present an opportunity for an inclined individual to commit a crime.

However, it becomes entrapment if law enforcement induces a person to commit a crime they would not have ordinarily committed.

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Final Thoughts

Entrapment is a complex but intriguing aspect of criminal defense law.

If you believe you’ve been a victim of entrapment, it’s vital to seek the assistance of a competent defense attorney.

The Rosenblum Allen Law Firm is ready to protect your rights and ensure you get a fair trial.

We’ll provide you with the best possible defense strategy with our understanding of defense laws and experience in handling entrapment cases.

Don’t navigate the complex legal waters alone; contact us for effective legal guidance.

Everyone has the right to a robust defense. Entrapment might be a challenging defense to prove, but it’s certainly not impossible with the right legal team on your side.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can you clarify the difference between objective and subjective entrapment?

Objective entrapment centers on law enforcement actions, while subjective entrapment concerns the defendant’s mindset and predisposition towards the crime.

Who has the responsibility to prove entrapment in a legal defense?

Typically, the defendant carries the responsibility to show entrapment. They must show that law enforcement induced them to commit the crime and that they had no initial intent to do so.

Is it possible to use the entrapment defense for any crime?

The entrapment defense can be employed in diverse cases where it’s clear that law enforcement induced the defendant to carry out the crime. However, the specifics might differ based on jurisdiction and crime nature.

How often does an entrapment defense succeed in court?

The success rate of an entrapment defense depends significantly on the case’s specific circumstances and the defense attorney’s skill and experience. It’s widely viewed as a challenging defense to establish.

Are entrapment and sting operations the same thing?

No, sting operations and entrapment are not the same. Sting operations morph into entrapment only when law enforcement persuades a person to conduct a crime they wouldn’t have ordinarily committed.

What’s the process to establish entrapment in court?

Establishing entrapment in court involves showing that law enforcement induced the crime and that the defendant wasn’t predisposed to commit the crime. Evidence might include surveillance footage, audio recordings, witness accounts, and other pertinent documents. It’s vital to consult with an experienced defense attorney.

Is it possible to apply entrapment defense in federal courts?

Yes, you can use entrapment defense in federal courts. Yet, the use and interpretation of entrapment laws might differ, so it’s necessary to consult with an attorney familiar with federal criminal law.

If a private individual, not a law enforcement officer, induces the crime, can it be considered entrapment?

Entrapment law typically applies to actions taken by law enforcement agencies. If a private individual persuades someone to commit a crime, it may not qualify as entrapment. However, the specifics can differ by jurisdiction and situation, so a legal professional’s advice is necessary for case-specific guidance.



Entrapment: A situation in criminal law where a defendant claims they were induced or persuaded by law enforcement to commit a crime they had no intention of committing.

Subjective Entrapment: A type of entrapment defense that focuses on the defendant’s mind and predisposition to commit the crime.

Objective Entrapment: A type of entrapment defense that focuses on the actions of law enforcement, specifically whether the conduct would have caused a reasonable person to commit a crime.

Defense Law: An area of law that deals with the rights of the accused and the protections offered to them under the law.

Sting Operations: Covert operations designed to catch a person committing a crime. They are legal and accepted strategies for apprehending criminals.

Burden of Proof: The obligation to present evidence to the court to prove a fact or set of facts. In an entrapment case, the burden of proof often lies with the defendant.

Jurisdiction: The legal authority to hear and decide a case. It can refer to a geographical area (like a state or country) or a specific area of law.

Defense Attorney: A lawyer who represents the accused in court and works to protect their rights, including arguing the case, cross-examining witnesses, and negotiating plea deals.

Federal Courts: Courts that deal with legal issues at the national level in the United States, including federal laws, disputes between states, and constitutional law.

Induce: To cause or persuade someone to act in a certain way. In the context of entrapment, it refers to law enforcement persuading or coercing a person to commit a crime.

More Resources for You

Additional Resources for You

Molly Rosenblum, Esq, our lead attorney, has created these resources to assist during difficult legal situations:

Offsite Resources

Offsite Resources You May Find Helpful

Here are the resources with the appropriate bolding:

  1. Legal Information Institute – Entrapment: This page from Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the concept of entrapment, its legal basis, and its role in the United States legal system.

  2. Justia – Entrapment: Justia is a legal resource website that provides free and comprehensive information on several legal topics. This page explains the doctrine of entrapment in a clear and easy-to-understand manner.

  3. JSTOR – The Defense of Entrapment in Federal Court: This scholarly article from the Duke Law Journal on JSTOR provides an in-depth analysis of the defense of entrapment in federal court. Though academic, it may be of interest to those looking for a deeper understanding of the topic.


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Molly Rosenblum, Esq

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