To charge you with a drug crime in Wisconsin, officers must have evidence of a wrongdoing. The police must have forensic evidence or witness accounts. When it comes to drug crimes, it is not unheard of for police to go undercover to catch offenders. After all, in terms of witnesses, police hold a lot of credibility. The question that you may have on your mind is whether the cops can go too far. Is there a line that cops cannot cross? The answer is yes. Cops cannot engage in entrapment.
The United States Department of Justice describes entrapment as a defense based on the theory that the government cannot originate a criminal idea and then implant it on an innocent person’s mind. The police cannot persuade a person to commit a crime who would not have otherwise committed it.
Solicitation is not entrapment. Coercion, however, can be. Entrapment occurs when you would not normally take part in the crime. Officers may play on a person’s emotions in such a way that would lead any ordinary person to ignore the law.
Entrapment occurs if you would not have committed the crime without coercion from the police. If the officers were never involved, you never would have taken part in it. Cops may use sympathy, threats or intimidation to coerce you into committing a crime. Undercover officers can open up opportunities for those who were already going to willingly commit a crime. Officers cannot, however, coerce innocent people into committing crimes.
The above information is for informational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.