Learning Objectives


  1. A criminal attempt under the common law may involve an intentional, negligent, or reckless intent or strict liability.
  2. The actus reus of a criminal attempt is identical in every respect to the actus reus of the completed crimes.
  3. Both factual impossibility and legal impossibility constitute a defense to an attempted crime.
  4. The law in most states recognizes the defense that a defendant abandoned his or her attempt to commit a crime.
  5. A defendant may be guilty of conspiracy although he or she does not know the name or identity of the other individuals in the conspiracy.
  6. An individual may not be punished for both a conspiracy to murder and the murder itself.
  7. An individual who solicits another person to commit a crime is not guilty of a criminal offense if the other person does not commit the crime.