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Behav Sci Law. 1999;17(2):195-217.

Voluntary intoxication and criminal responsibility.

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Treatment Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 1120, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-7220, USA.


This paper reviews the law related to voluntary intoxication and criminal responsibility in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin islands, and Puerto Rico. Statutory and case law citations are provided which govern the use of intoxication evidence in each jurisdiction to negate mens rea (i.e., to establish diminished capacity), to support an insanity defense, and to mitigate criminal sentencing. Factors that courts typically focus on when deciding whether to admit this evidence in a particular case are discussed, and these factors are related to clinically relevant criteria.

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