Brief Fact Summary. Defendant Baker was convicted for speeding and at the trial; evidence that Defendant’s cruise control stuck and therefore he could not adjust his speed was suppressed. Defendant appeals, arguing that he acted involuntarily and therefore could not be held liable for the offense.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. While fault is not an element that must be established with regard to strict liability offenses, the action charged as criminal must be proven to have been voluntary.
Issue. Was Defendant acting voluntarily such that he should be held liable for speeding?
Held. Yes. Judgment affirmed.
While fault is not an element that must be established with regard to strict liability offenses, the action charged as criminal must be proven to have been voluntary.
Defendant assumed the full operation of his car and in activating the cruise control attached to that car, was acting voluntarily, such that he can be held liable for speeding. The court distinguishes this case from a case in which a car suffers break failure or the like.
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