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Proof of Intent

Intent is a condition of the mind ordinarily susceptible to proof only by circumstantial evidence.  It is a state of mind existing at the time a person commits an offense.  Intent is a question of fact which may be proven by direct or circumstantial evidence.  The prosecution must prove the particular intent alleged in the applicable criminal statute for kidnapping.  A defendant’s actions following the restraint of the victim often provides evidence of the reason for the restraint.

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