Intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly are mental states. So, they describe a defendant’s mental state during a criminal act. They are important for several crimes including assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage. Not meeting the required mental state can be a defense to the charges. Contact Catalyst Legal Group to learn more about how mental state can be a defense to the criminal charges against you.
There are defined in A.R.S. 13-105:
“Intentionally” or “with the intent to” means, the defendant’s goal was to cause the end result or engage in that conduct. So, the defendant knew what they were doing, and wanted to achieve the criminal result.
“Knowingly” means, a defendant is aware of their conduct. But, it does not require that the defendant know the conduct is unlawful.
“Recklessly” means, a person is aware of a substantial risk, but consciously disregards it.