Legal Definition and Related Resources of Knowingly
With knowledge, having knowledge. As part of the statutory definition of a criminal offense:-a term without a single fixed and uniform meaning, the meaning in the particular case to be determined according to the character of the offense charged; sometimes construed as intentionally, in which case it must appear that the person charged was aware of the illegality of his conduct. More Often construed as having knowledge, not of the act’s unlawfulness, but merely knowledge of those facts which are essential to make it unlawful. As the word is used in federal statutes relating to the use of the mails:-not necessarily a matter of having actual knowledge or intent, the knowledge of circumstances from which the indecent character of matter and the likelihood that the disposition made of it will probably result in the use of the mails, being sufficient. As used in a statute giving a lien to any person doing work under a contract with the owner or with one whom the owner has authorized or “knowingly permitted” to improve the property, the phrase is satisfied if the owner, knowing that the work is being done, fails to object. However, it has also been held, that mere knowledge and a failure to object by the owner, is not sufficient.
Meaning of Knowingly
With knowledge ; willfully; consciously. The quality imputed to intentional act or omission . In penal statutes, the termmeans that the accused committed the act in question with knowledge of existence of facts; it does not mean that the accused knew that the act in question was unlawfu. People v Horton, 87 Cal.Rptr. 818, – C.A.3d Supp. I. The term imports a perception of facts requisite to make up . crime . R. D. Lawrence, Inc. v Peterson, 17# N. W.2d 277, 185 Nev. 679. The term denotes a conscious and deliberate quality of mind which negatives accident or mistake. People v Raby, 240 N.E.2d595.
Knowingly Alternative Definition
In pleading. The word knowingly, or well knowing, will supply the place of a positive averment, in an indictment or declaration, that the defendant knew the facts subsequently stated. If notice or knowledge be unnecessarily stated, the allegation may be rejected as surplus-, age. See Comyn, Dig. Indictment (G 6) ; 2 Gush. (Mass.) 577; 2 Strange, 904; 2 East, 452; 1 Chit. PI. 367. It implies actual personal knowledge. 4 Lans. (N. Y.) 22. In an indictment it signifies that defendant, at the time of committing the offense charged, well knew what he was doing. 14 Fed. 127.
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