attempt | Definition


In the criminal law context, an attempt refers to a type of crime in which a person intentionally and substantially moves towards the commission of a specific offense, but ultimately does not complete the offense.

The key element of an attempt crime is the intent to commit the underlying offense, and the person must have taken some overt act towards committing the offense. The specific elements of an attempt crimes vary by jurisdiction, but generally, a person can be convicted of an attempt crime if they take a substantial step towards committing the offense and have the specific intent to complete the offense.

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