Stings & 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 from the criminal proceedings. We force the prosecution
to prove its case using only properly obtained evidence.
At our law firm, Curcillo Law, LLC, our Harrisburg criminal defense lawyers
review police reports and witness statements to ensure that the client
was not unlawfully entrapped during a sting operation or through another
law enforcement action. This is most frequently the case in matters involving
sex crimes and
drug crimes. In each case we handle, we fully examine the details of the criminal
allegations to ensure that the prosecution does not violate our client's
rights by using illegal evidence.
Proving that Entrapment Occurred
In order for their evidence to be admissible in court, sting operations
must follow rigid rules so they can avoid claims of entrapment. The primary
defense against evidence produced by a sting operation is the 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.
Seasoned Criminal Defense Attorneys in Harrisburg
Our legal team has successfully established entrapment defenses for clients
charged with Internet sex crimes and drug trafficking. With experience
in criminal law dating back to 1985, Attorney Joseph A. Curcillo, III
has the knowledge and skills that are needed to evaluate evidence and,
if warranted, develop a strong argument for entrapment.
Call a Harrisburg criminal defense lawyer from Curcillo Law today!