Begin the tutorial on inchoate crimes with an introduction to the crime of attempt, including the mens rea and actus reus required under the common law and the Model Penal Code, as well as the different tests applied for the act element.
Welcome to this tutorial on inchoate offenses.
The term inchoate means not yet fully formed, so inchoate offenses are ones that impose liability for acts done before the harm intended fully occurs. These include the offenses of attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy.
We'll start off this tutorial with attempt, which is conduct done with the intent to commit a crime but without actually completing it. Because of the intricacies of attempt law, we'll discuss it in both this and the following...