intoxication
in·tox·i·ca·tion /in-ˌtäk-sə-'kā-shən/ n
1: the state or condition of being intoxicated
2: a defense based on inability to form the requisite specific intent to commit a crime due to intoxication

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

intoxication
index dipsomania, inebriation, passion

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


intoxication
n.
Drunkenness; a state of losing control of one’s physical or mental faculties due to the consumption of alcohol or another intoxicating substance, which renders one incapable of acting like a reasonable person of ordinary prudence would under the same circumstances.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


intoxication
1) The condition of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intoxication is not criminal until it impairs a person's ability to operate a vehicle with normal caution ("drunk driving") based on specific levels of alcohol in the blood or, in the case of public drunkenness, when the person becomes unable to care for himself, dangerous to himself or others, or the cause of a disturbance.
2) The defense to a criminal charge, in which the defendant claims that intoxication made it impossible for him to form the intent or specific intent to commit the crime. This defense is available only rarely. (See also: intent, specific intent)
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


intoxication
n. The condition of being mentally or physically impaired due to the ingestion of alcohol or drugs.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


intoxication
A state in which a person's normal capacity to act or reason is inhibited by alcohol or drugs.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


intoxication
A state in which a person's normal capacity to act or reason is inhibited by alcohol or drugs.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

intoxication
n.
   1) the condition of being drunk as the result of drinking alcoholic beverages and/or use of narcotics. In the eyes of the law this definition may differ depending on the situation to which it is applied.
   2) as it applies to drunk driving (DUI, DWI) the standard of intoxication varies by state between .08 and .10 alcohol in the bloodstream, or a combination of alcohol and narcotics which would produce the same effect even though the amount of alcohol is below the minimum.
   3) as it applies to public drunkenness the standard is subjective, meaning the person must be unable to care for himself, be dangerous to himself or others, be causing a disturbance or refuse to leave or move along when requested.
   4) a defense in a criminal case in which the claim is made by the defendant that he/she was too intoxicated to form an intent to commit the crime or to know what he/she was doing, where the amount of intoxication is subjective but higher than for drunk driving. There is also the question if the intoxication was an intentional aforethought to the crime ("I wanted to get drunk so I had the nerve to kill her"). Unintentional intoxication can show lack of capacity to form an intent and thus reduce the possible level of conviction and punishment, as from voluntary (intentional) manslaughter down to involuntary (unintentional but through a wrongful act) manslaughter. However, in vehicular manslaughter, the intoxication is an element in the crime, whether getting drunk was intentional or not, since criminal intent was not a factor.
   See also: vehicular manslaughter

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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