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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.789

Introduced by Representative Howard of Rutland City

Referred to Committee on

Date:

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.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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