The first defense to criminal conduct is self-defense. If a person is charged with murder or assault with a deadly weapon the defendant can admit that he has used violence but it was justified because of the person's threatening or violent actions. The second defense to criminal conduct is insanity. This means the person had mental disorder. This argument will negate the intent of the crime. If a defendant is not capable of controlling their behavior, they cannot be blamed. The third defense is intoxication. The argument for intoxication is that the mental functioning of the defendant was so impaired that they cannot be held accountable for their actions. The ...
This solution of 418 words explains five defenses to criminal conduct in two main steps. It also details two specific cases that relate to affirmative defenses and provides a brief description of the conditions. The sources used are also included in the solution.