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R. v. King, [1962] S.C.R. 746


K charged with impaired driving. Was at dentist gave him drug/didn’t know would affect him


Whether the accused’s lack of knowledge of the effects to the drug would affect his liability for impaired driving – does it mean lack of knowledge was voluntary?


Criminal liability requires voluntary act – knowledge important for voluntariness of actus reus
**Accused must have a willing mind and at liberty to make a choice – if not, then not voluntary


There can be no actus reus unless it is the result of a willing mind at liberty to make a definite choice or decision. There must be willpower to do an act


Appellant became impaired through no act of his own – not guilty

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