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Criminal Law

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criminal conduct a criminal act triggered by criminal intent
justification defenses defendants admit they were responsible for their acts but claim that, under the circumstances, what they did was right
perfect defenses defenses in which defendants are acquitted if they’re successful
withdrawal exception if initial aggressors completely withdraw from attacks they provoke, they can defend themselves against an attack by their initial victims
stand-your-ground rule if you didn’t start a fight, you can stand your ground and killto defend yourself without retreating from any place you have a right to be (
castle exception when attacked in your home, you have no duty to retreat and can use deadly force to fend off an unprovoked attack, but only if you reasonably believe theattack threatens death or serious bodily injury
defense of consent the justification that competent adults voluntarily consented to crimes against themselves and knew what they were consenting to
competency hearings special hearings to determine if defendants who have used the insanity excuse defense are still insane
Created by: danishah1