Defenses in Criminal Proceding with Particular Refernces to Insanity and Intoxication
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The criminal law is a social tool that is employed in seeking wide variety of goals. To attain it's variety of goals the criminal law imposes sanctions that would be the expression of society disapproval, disappointment towards the act committed. In so doing, the criminal law is not like the Ten Commandments which imposes absolute rule with no exception. Punishment can only be effective with men who can understand the signals directed at them by the criminal code, who can respond to the warnings, who can feel the significance of sanctions imposed up on violation. As a result, in order not to strive to attain in attainable goals the criminal law permits exceptions to its rules and avoids the use of criminal sanctions in many situations. It provide defense for the commission of prohibited act and also stipulate that responsibility is a prerequisite to criminal liability.