Intoxication in Criminal Law: Criminal Defense
The criminal law sometimes allows intoxication to be used as a defense in trial.1 min read
The criminal law sometimes allows intoxication to be used as a defense in trial. Legally defined as the disturbance of mental or physical capacity as the result of the introduction of a foreign substance into the body, intoxication can be the cause of an involuntary mental state that may nullify criminal liability for actions committed while intoxicated.
Except in some cases of specific intent, intoxication itself cannot usually be used as a valid criminal defense. If the defendant became voluntarily intoxicated before committing the offense, then the defendant is fully liable for his conduct. It's everyone's responsibility to refrain from conduct that may cause harm to others.