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What is a culpable state of mind?


While committing an act, a “culpable mental state” is a state of mind wherein-

  • The act is intentional;
  • The act and its implications are understood and controllable;
  • The person committing the act was not coerced and even overcomes hurdles to the act committed;
  • The person believes or has reasons to believe that the act is contrary to law.
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