I'm an attorney.
Intent is the #1 thing that matters in criminal law. "Mens Rea." Intent changes a killing from murder 1 to murder 2 to manslaughter to not-guilty via defense of self or others.
This comes from the British Common Law system.
Please only speak about subjects to which you have knowledge, as your credibiltiy just took a HUGE hit - you made a stupis statement that was false or at least ignorant, making it more likely to others that you do so in other subjects (ie. the mideast) as well.
Originally posted by jcsd
L@amplighter, in nearly all legal systems whether there was or was not an intent to commit a crime is usually only considered at the sentencing stage and it is pretty much inadmissable as a defence.