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By Spodek Law Group | May 23, 2023

Understanding Federal Attempt Crimes and Their Consequences

Getting caught in the crosshairs of a federal attempt crime can be a frightening and confusing experience for anyone. An individual might be adamant that they didn’t commit any wrongdoing, yet under federal law, a strong defense can be found in proving the person in question never actually committed the crime. In such cases, the individual can be charged with an attempt, which carries the same penalties as the actual crime when completed.

Unveiling the Mystery: What is Criminal Attempt?

In federal law, there are two primary elements to criminal attempt. To secure a conviction against a defendant, Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors must successfully prove both of these elements. They include:

  • An intent to commit the crime in question
  • The defendant took a substantial step toward committing the crime

One crucial aspect to understand is that the theory of intent is subjective. This can be advantageous for the defense, as the prosecution is obligated to prove that the defendant committed the attempt with intent and that they were capable of committing the offense if they had not been interrupted. Consequently, it’s often possible for a defense attorney to argue against the charge of criminal attempt by demonstrating that the substantial step would not have sufficed to commit the actual offense.

A Glimpse into Various Criminal Attempt Examples

Every state in the United States, including New Jersey, has statutes relating to the crime of attempt. Some of these statutes include:

Crime Description
Attempt to Commit Murder or Manslaughter A person convicted of this offense may face 20 years in prison or a fine, or both, or seven years in prison or a fine, or both, respectively
Attempt to Commit Fraud This statute encompasses white-collar crimes such as wire fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, healthcare fraud, securities, and commodities fraud
Attempt to Commit a Drug Crime This offense pertains to all attempted drug offenses involving illicit drugs and prescription drugs
Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax Attempting to commit federal tax evasion or defeat a federal tax obligation is classified as a felony and carries a fine of $100,000 or $500,000 if a corporation is convicted, or a prison sentence of five years, or both
Attempt to Bribe Public Officials and Witnesses This offense prosecutes not only those who attempt to give bribes but also those who seek or demand a gift or payment

Exploring Possible Defenses for Federal Attempt Crimes

Potential defenses in a federal attempt crimes case include a variety of arguments. These charges are immensely serious, so if you have been arrested and charged with criminal attempt, it is imperative that you retain a criminal defense attorney experienced in federal crimes. The following are potential defenses that can be employed:

  • Lack of intent: Since intent is a required element for the prosecution to prove guilt in an attempt crime, a defense attorney might argue the lack of intent.
  • Impossibility: If the defense can demonstrate that the substantial step couldn’t have resulted in the crime being committed, the theory of impossibility arises.
  • Abandonment: This defense strategy argues that the individual decided to abandon their attempt to commit the crime.
  • Entrapment: This defense statement argues that the individual attempted to commit the crime following the urging of a federal agent.
  • Constitutional violations: A common defense for attempt crimes involves an individual’s constitutional rights being violated. If this can be successfully proven, the evidence could be rendered inadmissible in court.

If you are facing charges of an attempt crime, take it very seriously. This is a federal crime that carries severe penalties. It’s absolutely crucial to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to build a robust defense for your case.

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