Designer Defense Law and Legal Definition

Designer defense is a fairly new concept where a defendant takes a stand that at the time of the crime he/she was of diminished mental capacity due to some impairment or stress. The name is derived from the fact that the defense is tailored to the defendant and the circumstances of the crime. For example,twinkie defense - claim by a criminal defendant that at the time of the crime he/she was of diminished mental capacity due to intake of too much sugar, as from eating "Twinkies," sugar-rich snacks.