Scienter Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Scienter, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Scienter?

(n) Scienter is used to represent the stage of awareness the defendant have about his actions, its illegality, felony at the time of the crime. The Latin word means having knowledge. So if a person take possession of an article by a mistaken identity that it was his own cannot be treated as a criminal activity as he has no knowledge that it was not his property