A Criminal Attempt is a voluntary act that, although done with the specific intent to commit the target offense, falls short of completing the crime. The act in question must be a substantial step in furtherance of that intent. If the target offense is achieved, then the Criminal Attempt would merge into the completed offense. Otherwise, it would be punished as a separate and distinct offense.
A number of potential defenses may be raised in order to defend against a Criminal Attempt charge including, but not limited to Renunciation.
Criminal Solicitation occurs whenever an individual incites, counsels, induces, advises, urges, or commands another to commit a crime with the specific intent that the person solicited will commit the underlying target offense.
A number of potential defenses may be raised in order to defend against a Criminal Solicitation charge including, but not limited to Renunciation.
A Criminal Conspiracy is an agreement between two or more guilty minds to accomplish, attempt or solicit some criminal or unlawful purpose. Furthermore, the Commonwealth must prove some overt act conducted in furtherance of the conspiracy.
If involved in a Criminal Conspiracy, a conspirator may, by virtue of his involvement and participation in the scheme, be held accountable for the foreseeable crimes of other conspirators that were committed in furtherance of the objectives of the original conspiracy.
A number of potential defenses may be raised in order to defend against a Criminal Conspiracy charge including, but not limited to Renunciation.
When charged with any of the above-referenced inchoate crimes, even if the underlying target offense is unsuccessful or not attempted, the accused may still be convicted and punished for the attempt, solicitation and/or conspiracy. Furthermore, the grading of the inchoate offense and the applicable sentencing guidelines are both based upon the severity of the underlying target offense.
When facing such serious consequences and life-altering repercussions, you should ensure that you are represented by a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. If you are faced with such a situation, please call Attorney Joe D'Andrea immediately.