Involuntary Intoxication: A New Six-Step Procedure

Brooks, Thom. 2015. "Involuntary Intoxication: A New Six-Step Procedure", Journal of Criminal Law 79(2): 138-146.

16 Pages Posted: 12 May 2015

Date Written: May 12, 2015

Abstract

Involuntary intoxication is often misunderstood. The predominant 'orthodox' view is that involuntary intoxication should lead to acquittal for offences requiring proof of fault. Strict liability offences are therefore unaffected. This article argues the law is more complex requiring a more careful approach. The article provides a new six-step procedure to determine whether involuntary intoxication is applicable and should lead to acquittal.

Keywords: Automatism, duress, intoxication, involuntary intoxication, voluntary intoxication, mens rea, Law Commission, basic intent, specific intent

JEL Classification: K00, K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Brooks, Thom, Involuntary Intoxication: A New Six-Step Procedure (May 12, 2015). Brooks, Thom. 2015. "Involuntary Intoxication: A New Six-Step Procedure", Journal of Criminal Law 79(2): 138-146.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2605363

Thom Brooks (Contact Author)

Durham University ( email )

Durham Law School
Durham University
Durham, County Durham DH1 3ET
United Kingdom
+441913344365 (Phone)

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