State v. Akers
New Hampshire Supreme Court
400 A.2d 38 (1979)
The minor sons of Melvin Akers and Marshal Fox (defendants) were found guilty of illegally driving snowmobiles on a public way at an excessive speed. The State also charged defendants for their sons’ crimes on a theory of vicarious liability under a state statute that provided that a parent or guardian shall be responsible for any damage incurred or violations of the law covering the operation of a snowmobile. Defendants were found guilty and they appealed, arguing that a parent cannot be held criminally responsible for the acts of a child solely based on their parental status.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Grimes, J.)
Dissent (Bois, J.)
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