In the course of earning this degree, you have explored many aspects of Criminal Law and the role of the Paralegal in this work. It is common in a criminal law setting for a criminally accused to face trial for crimes about which you have strong opinions / feelings. While all aspects of criminal work are difficult and at times emotionally exhausting, in these circumstances, criminal defense work, is particularly challenging, given the fact that the defense attorney must always zealously represent that client.
An example of this is criminal acts committed when the perpetrator is under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating / mind-altering substance.
Define specific and general intent crimes and explain the differences between them.
When is intoxication a defense to a crime? Define and explain the differences between involuntary and voluntary intoxication.
Discuss whether or not and when each is a valid defense to a crime.
Discuss whether a person in a state of voluntary intoxication, induced by either drugs or alcohol, should be able to negate criminal liability for an offense.
Does it matter to you if the intoxication was induced by alcohol or drugs?
Does it matter to you what the criminal offense is, such as DUI, domestic violence, murder, etc.?
Finally, wrap up your discussion by discussing whether voluntary intoxication is ever valid defense to a crime? Does it matter what state you are in or if it is the federal court?
Please discuss fully and cite sources to support your positions.