Criminal act with Sincere Intent

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'Sincerity' refers to very sincere ideas or beliefs, or is used to describe somebody lacking in evil or malicious intent. The defense of 'crimes with sincere intent' usually applies to crimes of tax ot financial fraud for which the accused's intent needs to be verified. Deliberate fraud or forgery cannot be considered 'sincere'. If however, the defense lawyer can prove that the accused possessed all sincerity in his act, it can be inferred that the accused did not have the fraudulent intent as alleged by the prosecutor.


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