In order for an individual to be convicted of a crime, there must be existence of the guilty act as well as the guilty intent. Without criminal intent, a crime cannot occur. However, if an individual is guilty of an act, however, is affected mentally in a certain way, he can plead insanity. Insanity is a legal defence that the accused can plead that he was not responsible for his actions because of their mental state of mind.
The difficulty lies in that insanity is a psychological state which is difficult to prove. There is no specific medical test that can prove that someone who claims to be insane is actually insane; therefore, the circumstance must be taken into consideration. Precedents must be used in order to prove whether one can plead guilty, however, who would not try to plead insane if they thought they had a chance to go ahead with the defence even though they know well that they are completely sane?
We are a team of solicitors who deal with all aspects of defending prosecutions brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, Regulatory bodies, Serious Fraud Office and other prosecuting authorities for all types of offences.
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