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I didn't know the law. Can I be charged with a crime?

Navigation:  Home > Legal Questions >I didn't know the law. Can I be charged with a crime?


Yes. Ignorance of the law is never an adequate defense, no matter what state the law was in, or whether you lived in that state or not. If you are of age, you are charged with knowledge of the law, whether or not you actually knew it, regardless of the crime. You may argue that a law was unconstitutional, unfair, or applied selectively, but you will never win with "I didn't know the law."

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