“I was tricked into doing “XYZ” by the police,” is often said to a criminal defense attorney. After being charged with a criminal offense, clients often inquire about the defense of entrapment. The street perception of the entrapment defense is that it is as simple as saying “that the cops made me
gThere is more to this legal defense than many people realize. Entrapment is a complex legal defense that requires a detailed analysis of the specific law and fact pattern as well as how it applies to a person's case. This defense is often difficult but it is not impossible and it should be carefully considered.
hThe entrapment defense is defined in statute 720 ILCS 5/7-12: