Actual intent to perform some act, along with a wish for the consequences that result from that act. Depending on the offense alleged, both tort plaintiffs and criminal prosecutors may need to prove that the defendant acted with specific intent.
Contrast with general intent and strict liability.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A person's intent to produce the precise consequences of that person's act, including the intent to do the physical act itself. For example, larceny is taking the personal property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the other person of it. A person is not guilty of larceny just because he took someone else's property; the prosecutor must prove that the defendant intended to take the property, and that he took it in order to keep it permanently.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:24 pm