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 While strict-liability offenses are generally disfavored, United States v United States Gypsum Co, 438 U.S. 422, 438; 57 L. Ed. 2d 854; 98 S. Ct. 2864 (1978); People v Lardie, 452 Mich. 231, 240; 551 N.W.2d 656 (1996), the Legislature's authority to create strict-liability offenses is firmly rooted, Id.; People v Roby, 52 Mich. 577, 579; 18 N.W. 365 (1884). As with all questions of statutory interpretation, when determining whether a statute imposes strict liability, our primary goal is to determine and effectuate the Legislature's intent. Lardie, supra at 239. 'The starting place for the search for intent is the language used in the statute.' Bio-Magnetic Resonance, Inc v Dep't of Public Health, 234 Mich. App. 225, 229; 593 N.W.2d 641 (1999). 


As the Court observed in Lardie, supra at 239, 'In interpreting a statute in which the Legislature has not expressly included language indicating that fault is a necessary element of a crime, this Court must focus on whether the Legislature nevertheless intended to require some fault as a predicate to finding guilt.' Courts commonly consider the following factors when making such an examination. See People v Quinn, ...

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