|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representative Howard of Rutland City
Subject: Crimes; general provisions; intoxication
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to eliminate voluntary intoxication as a defense to a crime. It also proposes to make evidence of voluntary intoxication inadmissible for the purpose of negating a mental state which is an element of a crime.
AN ACT RELATING TO VOLUNTARY INTOXICATION
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 13 V.S.A. § 15 is added to read:
§ 15. DEFENSES; VOLUNTARY INTOXICATION
(a) A person who is voluntarily intoxicated, whether from alcohol, drugs, or any other substance, is criminally responsible for his or her conduct, and voluntary intoxication is not a defense to any crime.
(b) Evidence that a person was voluntarily intoxicated shall not be admissible for the purpose of negating a mental state which is an element of a crime.
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