Originally Posted by JD
Is your neighbor still prohibited? Or would that juvenile offense have been expunged?
I set forth those hypothetical scenarios for the purpose of illustrating the difference between an act undertaken knowingly and one not taken knowingly.
Knowledge and intent are common elements in criminal code.
They set out a code of conduct for the people who follow them, and a code of penalties for those who break them.
At the risk of a slight tangent, this appears to touch on the cultural difference observed by a friend stationed in Germany.
He notes that when an American contemplates the legality of an act, he checks the law to see if it is prohibited
. He describes the German mindset differently: when a German contemplates the legality of an act, he checks the law to see if it is allowed
That is a gross generalization, but it speaks to a difference in vision.