culpable mental state | Definition

culpable mental state


A culpable mental state is a mental state sufficient for a person to be worthy of blame for a criminal act, such as acting intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently.

This is the mens rea element in the legal definition of crimes.  It is also known by the less general idea of criminal intent.

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Last Modified: 06/27/2018

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