criminal intent

Criminal Intent and Legal Defense

January 20, 2016

In the criminal justice system, defendants can be charged with crimes based upon their specific actions. For example, a person who steals a car can face legal charges and potentially be convicted because they committed an action that is in violation of the law.

However, the legal system also considers the state of mind of a person who breaks the law. This is referred to as criminal intent. The presence or lack of criminal intent can play a major role in a legal case. Criminal intent can determine the severity of a person’s sentence and it may affect the charges for which they can face conviction.