You've probably heard of many defenses to criminal prosecution, but do you know exactly what they mean? Here you'll learn about ways defendants can escape conviction, from alibi to entrapment to self-defense.
Entrapment acts as a defense to criminal charges. A typical entrapment scenario arises when police officers use coercion and other overbearing tactics to induce someone to commit crime. Read on to learn more about entrapment, including case examples and standards used to evaluate an entrapment claim. (For in-depth discussion of other common defense strategies, check out Nolo's article Defenses to Criminal Charges.)
People’s sincere religious beliefs may occasionally conflict with the law. Usually, it’s the religious beliefs that must yield, as the law rarely accepts them as a defense to criminal charges. If a government has decided that certain activity is illegal, then it’s usually no excuse to say, “I