How General Intent Differs From Specific Intent Essay

1383 Words Sep 10th, 2016 6 Pages
1. Define and generally discuss how general intent differs from specific intent. And when does "general intent "plus" become a factor in these three criminal law key term words. Explain the "actus reus" and "mens rea" regarding the terms. Give examples to enhance each of these important criminal law words.
1. General intent is the intent to commit an act that is criminal and forbidden by the statute. General intent is general because it is the minimum requirement of ALL crimes. This is the intent to commit voluntary act, omission, or possession that the criminal statute prohibits.
Specific intent is the general intent to commit the actus reus of crimes with the addition of the intent to cause a harmful result that is criminal. It can also be considered as general intent plus because general intent is the intent to commit the actus reus of a crime and the plus is the intent to cause a result that is criminally harmful. Example of these crimes are aggravated assault, robbery and theft, and murder that is conspicuously.
Actus reus (evil act) is the necessity that all crimes have to include voluntary criminal acts. This is the physical element of a crime and the first principle of criminal liability. An example of this is someone driving while intoxicated. Someone with an alcohol level of .15% is intoxicated. In order to be charged with a crime the blood alcohol level being .15% is actus reus. Nothing else needs to be present other than the high alcohol blood level for…

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