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Criminal Insanity

Criminal insanity is a defense to a criminal charge. If a defendant proves that he was insane at the time of the crime then he/she will not be deemed responsible for the crime. A person suffering from insanity is defined in California criminal law as a person who had a mental disease or defect at the time the crime was committed and because of that disease or defect, did not know or understand the nature and quality of his/her act or did not know or understand that his/her act was morally or legally wrong.