Presumption of Intent Law and Legal Definition

Presumption of intent means a permissive presumption that a criminal defendant who intended to commit an act did the act. For example, where a defendant along with two codefendants was found guilty of felonious possession of burglarious tools and implements with intent to commit a felony, conviction will be imposed on no proof of a crime or an attempt to commit a crime. Therefore, the court's view that no proof of a crime or an attempt to commit a crime was necessary was proclaimed on a statutory presumption of intent to commit a felony.