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June 2016 Archives

Man taken into custody after fatal accident

A 19-year-old California man is facing felony drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter charges after an accident in Santa Clara County on the afternoon of June 12 claimed the life of a cyclist. The accident took place on the San Tomas Expressway in Campbell. After being taken into custody and processed, the man was taken to the Santa Clara County Jail.

Understanding mens rea in California criminal cases

In California criminal cases, one of the elements the prosecution is generally required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt is the defendant's mens rea. This is a Latin term for "guilty mind." While a careless action may have resulted in harm to a person, carelessness generally falls under the civil law rather than under the criminal law.

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