Entrapment is probably the most commonly misunderstood defenses provided to an accused person in Iowa and requires the defense to be raised within forty days of arraignment.  Entrapment “occurs when a law enforcement agent causes the commission of a crime by using persuasion or other means likely to cause a normally law-abiding person to commit the crime.”  Merely providing an opportunity for a person to commit a crime does not constitute entrapment.  People who have been accused of buying drugs from an undercover police officer or informant often claim they were entrapped however the officer or informant merely provides an opportunity for the person to buy the drugs and they generally have not persuaded the person to purchase the drugs.  One example of where entrapment may occur is if an officer encourages and intoxicated person to come out of a private residence into public and then arrests them for public intoxication.

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