General intent

Filed Under: Criminal Law

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An offence in which the fault element relates only to the performance of the act in question, with no further ulterior intent or purpose. Intoxication has traditionally not been a defence to general as opposed to specific intent offences. Subject to section 33.1 of the Criminal Code, extreme intoxication producing involuntary behaviour may be a defence to a general intent offence.

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