NYS Penal Law
New York State Consolidated Laws
Article 25 - NY Penal Law
DEFENSES IN GENERAL
|25.00||Defenses; burden of proof.|
S 25.00 Defenses; burden of proof.
1. When a "defense, " other than an "affirmative defense, " defined by
statute is raised at a trial, the people have the burden of disproving
such defense beyond a reasonable doubt.
2. When a defense declared by statute to be an "affirmative defense"
is raised at a trial, the defendant has the burden of establishing such
defense by a preponderance of the evidence.
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