Criminal Attempt: Charges, Penalties, Defenses

Most criminal offenses punish completed criminal acts. For example, to be convicted of delivery of marijuana, a person must actually deliver a quantity of marijuana to another location or person, and thus complete all of the elements of the alleged crime. To further deter certain criminal acts, most states expand their criminal codes with “attempt” offenses. Someone charged with any criminal attempt offense should understand the nature of an attempt charge, potential defenses, and the sentencing ranges associated with the offense.

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