Defense of Infancy

Definition - What does Defense of Infancy mean?

Defense of infancy refers to a type of defense in which a defense attorney argues that a person could not be guilty of a crime due to the fact that they are under a certain age. The age limit for the infancy defense is seven years old.

Justipedia explains Defense of Infancy

Children under the age of seven are typically viewed as being too young and underdeveloped to be held accountable for their actions. However, children aged 7–14 can be prosecuted through the juvenile system. It is up to parents and other guardians to make sure that children in their care do not commit crimes.

The infancy defense can be used for many different crimes, ranging from petty theft to murder.

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