AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE

a defensive strategy during which the accused acknowledges carrying out the act for which they are accused, however, they furnish indications which challenge the prosecution's or complainant's declaration of unlawful intent. Such instances include the insanity plea, that of diminished responsibility, self-defense, and contributory neglect.

AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE: "Affirmative defenses arise most often when someone has been captured on video committing a crime, thereby admitting to such, but hoping to convince the court that such a crime was not premeditated or intended upon."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/affirmative-defense/ (accessed July 15, 2020).
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