Commonwealth v. DiPadova

Drug Court
Mental Health Court

Commonwealth v. DiPadova

Case Year: 
2011
State of Origin: 
Massachusetts

Where a defendant suffers from a mental illness that, by itself, causes him/her to lack the substantial capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his/her acts or to conform his/her conduct  to the law, any voluntary consumption of alcohol or drugs by the defendant does not defeat a defense of lack of criminal responsibility, regardless of whether the defendant  knows that such consumption may exacerbate the mental illness.