Should someone who commits a crime while being impaired by severe intoxication (alcohol or street drugs) get a more lenient sentence than someone who committed the same crime while not under the influence of any substance?
Yes and no. In some cases it should hold its own additional sentence, like drunk driving.
If you willingly did it while drunk, you willingly did it.
No, the consequences should be more severe.
With how this world is going I can see people getting out of crimes because they were under the influence
In fact, the punishment should be stiffer. The perp knew exactly what they were doing when they put themselves under the influence.
No. You are always responsible for your own actions.
Makes sense to me. I always say that the things you say when drinking can't be held against you afterwards.
That works with me and my friends when we go out drinking, but I don't expect it to apply to strangers.
In some cases, quite the opposite. If someone is driving drunk and kills someone, that should be a stricter sentence.
If someone has a well documented history of alcoholism, this should also be treated with a heavier hand.
They should be charged differently depending on a few variables. If the criminal is on drugs and shows no want to quit or no remorse I think you sentence them exactly the same.
Bad idea, but with affluenza currently a thing, no reason this shouldn't be.
Yes, voluntary intoxication is rarely an acceptable defense serious crimes but there are times when it is and I would argue that it should not be. The drunk driving punishments bug me the most.
A crime is a crime is a crime. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. Period. Yes?/s
Not at all. I've heard it is an issue in Europe with some laws invoking mitigating circumstances but I think it was your free decision to impair yourself to begin with. You should be held fully responsible for what you did afterwards.
It can be a mitigation factor here too.
So all I have to do is get drunk and use that for an excuse to rob a bank or kill someone? It seems like that would pervert the court system even worse.
Not necessarily but it may mitigate your charges. If you didn't have intent before you started drinking, you can argue you couldn't form it when you were drunk. Since the mental state must be proved in almost all cases, you could get a more lenient sentence that way. I don't like the rules but I also don't make them; if I did, being intoxicated of your own free will would never be a defense.