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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 year ago

Why exactly is not knowing a crime is a crime not an excuse for jail? isn't the purpose of jail to punish people for doing wrong? what?

What if they didnt know what they were doing was wrong? Canadian prisons...

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago
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    That is also the case in the United States, and the reason is that good, honest people would not violate most laws, even if they did not know they exist.

    Would you threaten to physically harm someone if you were unaware that menacing is a Class A misdemeanor?

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  • 1 year ago

    There's an old saying that ignorance of the law is not an excuse to break it. Some are more obvious than others, but most criminal laws are common sense.

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  • 1 year ago

    They DO know it is wrong. They MAY not know it is illegal.

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  • Nous
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse!

    So ignorance and immorality is what you describe and that suggests the court should be examining whether you are fit to stand trial or in need of committing to a mental institution!

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  • Archer
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Stupidity is not a legal defense nor is elective ignorance.

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  • Bill
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    just claiming that you didn't know you were doing wrong is not a defence as an an adult you would be well aware of what you were doing was wrong

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  • look up the Gladue Principal.

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  • 1 year ago

    its your responsibility for knowing the local laws. otherwise you could just kill someone and say "oops, i didn't know it was against the law. sorry. i'll refrain in the future"

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  • 1 year ago

    If you say those who don't know the law aren't punished than everybody will say they don't know the law and some rules are self-evident and not knowing they are illegal does not justify their escape from prison. Examples include rape or bullying of minors.

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  • 1 year ago

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse. That is a cornerstone of the American and Canadian justice systems.

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    • curtisports2
      Lv 7
      1 year agoReport

      A combination of (hopefully) corrective action and punishment. Some crimes are so serious that the rest of society is deserving of having the criminal put somewhere they can't be of further harm to anyone.

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