Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
State v. Taft
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Taft (Defendant) was sitting in his parked car waiting for another person when the car’s brakes accidentally released and the car drifted about three feet into the rear end of another car. Defendant was charged with driving under the influence. At trial, the foreman requested the trial court to answer “[I]s there a legal definition for what constitutes driving a car?” The trial court, over Defendant’s objection, responded that the term “driving” was defined as requiring that a vehicle be in motion in order for the offense to be committed. Defendant was convicted and he appealed.
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