Criminal Law: Direct Intention vs. Oblique Intention

August 3, 2023

Direct intention is a form of mens rea that occurs when the defendant aims to bring about a specific consequence or result through their actions. Whereas oblique intention refers to a situation where the defendant foresees that a particular result is a virtually certain outcome of their actions, even if it was not their primary aim. This recognition of such a high level of foreseeability leaves it open to the jury to decide whether this recognition amount to intention.

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