If someone commits A Crime, But They Did Not Know It Was A Crime , Are They Still Guilty Of That Crime?Submitted by Jdayh on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 03:14
So, let say someone commits a crime, lets say it was a Felony, 3rd degree. But they were ignorant of the law, or that they even were breaking the law. They planned to do this crime w/others.... as well.
Are they all guilty of committing this crime? (and Conspiracy to commit a Felony, which is a separate crime in itself) And if evidence showed that they did commit this crime, and are indeed guilty of it, then can they be prosecuted ?
Even if they "claim ignorance" or claim that they "had no intention of breaking the law" or "did not know they were breaking the law" ; could they still be charged and sentenced under that law that they broke?
(This is a state law that I am speaking of.) But could also be applied to a Federal law as well.
If they "had permission" to do what they did , as say in a private club, or organization, but later it was determined that what they did was illegal. Are just they (the actual participants) guilty or is the entire organization guilty? (ie club, company, LLC,etc)