Irresistible Impulse

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  • A form of defense that argues that the defendant was driven by uncontrollable urges at the time of the offense (also defined as a form of insanity), which led him or her to engage in the act. Irresistible impulse implies that the individual was aware of the fact that the act constituted an infraction but that he or she was driven by impulses beyond his or her control.

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