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Intoxication as a defense to criminal charges

California residents may know that individuals accused of committing crimes sometimes mount a defense based on diminished capacity. While drug use and alcohol consumption can clearly impact behavior and decision making, they may not always be seen as a valid criminal defense. In these situations, the most important question is often whether or not the individual concerned had become intoxicated voluntarily.

Intoxication as a defense to criminal charges

California residents may know that individuals accused of committing crimes sometimes mount a defense based on diminished capacity. While drug use and alcohol consumption can clearly impact behavior and decision making, they may not always be seen as a valid criminal defense. In these situations, the most important question is often whether or not the individual concerned had become intoxicated voluntarily.

A criminal defendant's spouse does not have to testify

When a person is being criminally charged in California, the prosecution may call a number of different witnesses to testify against the defendant. However, certain people who hold privileged relationships with the defendant are not obligated to testify against the defendant if they are called to do so. Some of the people with privileged relationships include the defendant's physician, psychotherapist, social worker and spouse.

A criminal defendant's spouse does not have to testify

When a person is being criminally charged in California, the prosecution may call a number of different witnesses to testify against the defendant. However, certain people who hold privileged relationships with the defendant are not obligated to testify against the defendant if they are called to do so. Some of the people with privileged relationships include the defendant's physician, psychotherapist, social worker and spouse.