Specific Intent


Criminal Intent

Mens rea is a legal phrase used to describe the mental state a person must be in while committing a crime for it to be intentional. It can refer to a general intent to break the law or a specific, premeditated plan to commit a particular offense.

Mens Rea

actus reus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea,

which means

the act is not culpable unless the mind is guilty

Courts generally ignore this concept in law.

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