irresistible impulse test


irresistible impulse test
irresistible impulse test n: a test used in some jurisdictions when considering an insanity defense that involves a determination of whether an impulse to commit a criminal act was irresistible due to mental disease or defect regardless of whether the defendant knew right from wrong compare diminished capacity, durham rule, m'naghten test, substantial capacity test

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

irresistible impulse test
A seldom-used test for criminal insanity that labels the person insane if he could not control his actions when committing the crime, even though he knew his actions were wrong.
Category: Criminal Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


irresistible impulse test
n. A form of insanity defense in which the defendant must establish that he or she was incapable of resisting the urge to commit the crime.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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