inchoate offense

inchoate offense

A step toward the commission of another crime, the step in itself being serious enough to merit punishment.

? The three inchoate offenses are attempt, conspiracy, and solicitation. The term is sometimes criticized (see quot. below).

¡ª Also termed anticipatory offense; inchoate crime; preliminary crime. [Cases: Conspiracy 23.1; Criminal Law 44. C.J.S. Conspiracy ¡ì¡ì 98, 100¨C103, 110; Criminal Law ¡ì¡ì 114¨C123.]


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