detection. The act of discovering or revealing something that was hidden, esp. to solve a crime.

“There is a clear distinction between inducing a person to do an unlawful act and setting a trap to catch him in the execution of a criminal plan of his own conception. There is also a distinction between the terms ‘detection’ and ‘entrapment,’ as applied to the activities of law enforcement officers. Legitimate detection of crime occurs when officers test a suspected person by offering him an opportunity to transgress the law in such manner as is usual in the activity alleged to be unlawful. On the other hand, entrapment occurs when officers induce a person to violate the law when he would not otherwise do so.” 21 Am. Jur. 2d Criminal Law § 202 (1981).

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