Perhaps you were in an accident or had just parked your vehicle. For whatever reason, you are no longer in the vehicle when law enforcement arrives. When asked you admit you were driving or perhaps give details of the accident that show you must have been the driver. Then the Officer suspects you of DUI, Driving on a Suspended License or some other driving offense. If the suspicion is of a crime that would only be a crime if YOU were the driver (other peoples' intoxication level is unknown/other people have valid driver's license) then your statements alone are not sufficient proof that you were driving. Corpus Delecti means "Body of the Crime" and refers to evidence other than your own statements that you were the driver of the vehicle. This is just another example of why you should not "just plead guilty" but need to hire a defense attorney for your case.
DRIVER INDENTIFICATION – CORPUS DELECTI
State v Hamrick 19 Wn.App. 417 (1978) requires proof independent of an extrajudicial admission to establish the corpus delecti of a crime. A court may not admit a defendant’s admissions unless the prosecution has established the corpus delicti through independent proof. State v. Ray, 130 Wn.2d 673, 679, 926 P.2d 904 (1996). “The corpus delicti rule arose from a judicial distrust of confessions, coupled with the view that a confession admitted at trial would probably be accepted uncritically by a jury, thus making it extremely difficult for a defendant to challenge." State v. Aten, 130 Wn.2d 640, 656-57, 927 P.2d 210 (1996). The purpose of the corpus rule is to prevent an "unjust conviction based upon a false confession alone." Bremerton v. Corbett, 106 Wn.2d 569, 576, 723 P.2d 1135 (1986). The rule is intended to prevent the "possibility that a confession, though voluntarily given, is false." Id. at 577.