Affirmative Defenses Definition

Iowa law also provides certain “affirmative defenses” to those accused of committing crimes which include alibi, insanity, diminished responsibility, intoxication, entrapment, and justification.  These are defenses which if successful are bars to criminal liability however they must be raised prior to trial and within forty days following the defendant’s arraignment.  Failure to raise these defenses within that time period may present the defense from being used unless “good cause” can be shown for the failure to raise the defense.

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