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State v. Miller
Oregon Supreme Court
788 P.2d 974 (1990)
Miller (defendant) went to a friend’s house late one evening to watch movies. Miller said he did not want to drink beer so, instead, Miller and his friend drank coffee so as to stay awake while watching the movies. Miller felt ill because he had not eaten for nearly two days, so he drank a special coffee drink prepared by his friend, which apparently was some sort of home remedy intended to help Miller feel better. Completely unbeknownst to Miller, the special coffee drink contained alcohol. When Miller drove home later that evening, he was pulled over by an Oregon state police officer and given an intoxilizer test, which registered Miller’s blood-alcohol level at 0.12 percent. Miller was arrested and later convicted at trial for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII). Miller appealed, arguing that, as a matter of fairness and due process of law, his conviction should not stand without proof of some kind of culpable mental state.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Jones, J.)
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