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NCJ Number: 119547 Find in a Library
Title: Intoxication as Defense Against Criminal Charges in Florida: The Research and the Law
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:16  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:325-344
Author(s): R F Massey
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 19
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Intoxication by alcohol is sometimes viable as a partial or complete defense in certain criminal cases.
Abstract: Rulings and laws concerning such a defense are generally based on beliefs held by the American public and criminal justice system about the behavioral effects of alcohol. Recent psychological research, however, has yielded evidence indicating that alcohol may not always influence behavior as expected or believed in American society. In this article the relevant psychological research and case law are reviewed and then compared. In some cases, the research appears to validate legal rationale, but in others research findings challenge present views on intoxication as a criminal defense. Implications are discussed and suggestions offered for better synchronizing judicial treatment of the intoxication defense with psychological research. 29 references. (Publisher abstract)
Main Term(s): Alcohol-crime relationship
Index Term(s): Alcohol-Related Offenses; Drunk offenders; Florida
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