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If you’re accused of committing a crime in California, you stand to lose more than just your freedom, your stand to lose personal assets, and your future. The stakes are endless. It’s critical you hire the possible Los Angeles criminal attorney to represent you. Regardless of whether you’re facing federal or state charges, you need a Los Angeles criminal attorney who has the skills to help you avoid a guilty verdict. One of the biggest mistakes people make, is that they have no legal representation, and go with a public defender. It’s in your interests to consider a private criminal attorney, who can help you negotiate a plea bargain, or have charges dismissed.
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If you commit wrongdoing without having the intention to do so, others may be mad at you. However, they cannot say you made the mistake on purpose. However, if you know doing something is wrong yet choose to proceed, you have made a conscious decision to commit an illegal act. When this is done, criminal intent has been present based on your actions. Whether the act committed is something as serious as murder or something less dire such as shoplifting an item of clothing from a store, criminal intent is present in both cases.
Punishment Fits the Crime
Since crimes vary in severity, judges will often try to make sure whatever sentence they hand down to a defendant will be appropriate based on the person’s crime. To do so effectively and fairly from case to case, judges will need to make sure criminal intent has been clearly defined for a particular situation. Thus, prosecutors in criminal cases are required to show not only that the defendant had the intention to commit a criminal act, but also possessed the state of mind that allowed them to know right from wrong. By proving these two elements were present and that the defendant chose to commit the illegal act, prosecutors can usually gain a conviction.
Four Types of Criminal Intent
Referred to as “mens rea” in its proper legal term, criminal intent has four specific types involved in committing a crime. The first of these is purposeful, meaning you are fully aware of your actions and chose to inflict harm on another individual or property. Next is knowledge, meaning you were aware of the actions you were taking, knew the possible consequences that may follow, yet did not care enough to stop yourself from following through with the act. The third type is recklessness, referring to your decision to do something reckless despite the risks involved. For example, if you wave a loaded gun around others and it goes off and injures someone, this would be criminal intent via recklessness. Finally, the mildest form of criminal intent is negligence. Though defined as failing to live up to your responsibilities and thus causing harm to others, a harsh sentence rarely occurs in negligence cases.
A specialized form of criminal intent that applies only to murder cases, malice aforethought deals with premeditation, meaning a person planned out the murder of another individual. Since murder is the most severe crime that can be committed, a conviction that includes malice aforethought usually results in a sentence of life in prison without parole, or even a spot on death row if the murder was especially heinous. For example, if you decide to enter a liquor store with the intention of robbing it, this is a form of criminal intent.
Used interchangeably with “mens rea,” scienter refers to a specific and severe criminal intent that does not pertain to murder cases. Instead, it means a person had unquestionable knowledge that an act was illegal. As an example, if a person writes a check for an amount which they knew could not possibly be covered by the money in their bank account at that moment, criminal intent of this nature would have been demonstrated.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
When defendants are brought up on criminal charges, it is still the duty of the prosecutor to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt in order to gain a conviction. Even if it appears criminal intent is clear, prosecutors must prove the elements crucial in such cases. Otherwise, even if the defendant was aware they were committing an illegal act, failing to prove appropriate criminal intent can result in losing a case that at the beginning may have seemed open and shut.