From our private database of 22,300+ case briefs...
State v. Elton
Utah Supreme Court
657 P.2d 1261 (1982)
Don Elton (defendant) was a 19-year-old man who had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. The State of Utah (plaintiff) charged Elton with statutory rape, which is a felony when the victim is more than three years younger than the defendant. Elton argued that the victim told him she was 18 years old and that he was mistaken as to her age. The trial court determined that the crime was a strict-liability offense and that a mistake as to the victim’s age could not be a defense. The trial court ruled that Elton could not testify regarding his belief of the victim’s age. The jury convicted Elton of felony statutory rape. Elton appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 517,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 517,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 22,300 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.