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No Mens Rea Requirement for Driving on a Suspended License

Many crimes require the State to prove a mens rea, or "guilty mind" element before a person can be convicted of the crime. A mens rea or criminal culpability element ensures that a person is not guilty of the criminal offense unless the person had some degree of intent or knowledge that he or she was engaging in the conduct in question (the actus rea, or "guilty act"). But this is not the case for all crimes. Some crimes carry strict liability for conduct without any culpability element. In Tennessee, driving on a cancelled, suspended, or revoked license is one of these strict liability crimes.

No Mens Rea Requirement for Driving on a Suspended License

Many crimes require the State to prove a mens rea, or "guilty mind" element before a person can be convicted of the crime. A mens rea or criminal culpability element ensures that a person is not guilty of the criminal offense unless the person had some degree of intent or knowledge that he or she was engaging in the conduct in question (the actus rea, or "guilty act"). But this is not the case for all crimes. Some crimes carry strict liability for conduct without any culpability element. In Tennessee, driving on a cancelled, suspended, or revoked license is one of these strict liability crimes.

No Mens Rea Requirement for Driving on a Suspended License

Many crimes require the State to prove a mens rea, or "guilty mind" element before a person can be convicted of the crime. A mens rea or criminal culpability element ensures that a person is not guilty of the criminal offense unless the person had some degree of intent or knowledge that he or she was engaging in the conduct in question (the actus rea, or "guilty act"). But this is not the case for all crimes. Some crimes carry strict liability for conduct without any culpability element. In Tennessee, driving on a cancelled, suspended, or revoked license is one of these strict liability crimes.

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