Criminal Law. The term “specific intent crimes” refers to crimes involving more than the objective fault required by merely engaging in the proscribed wrongful act (actus reus). In addition to the criminal act, there also is a specific intent requirement (mens rea) of the actor to cause the proscribed result. Specific intent is established where the actor committed the crime intentionally, knowingly, purposely, or willfully.
Specific intent crimes include, inter alia, the following:
- Larceny by Trick
- Intent to Kill Murder
- Voluntary Manslaughter