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This chapter examines inchoate crimes in the context of criminal law. After assessing the meaning, or competing possible meanings, of the inchoate-crime category and its significance, attention turns to what makes an inchoate crime inchoate and what makes it a crime. More specifically, the chapter looks at the features that distinguish inchoate crimes from non-criminal “mere preparation” or other lawful behavior, as well as from consummate crimes. It then considers the nature and proper limits of inchoate crime based on the offender’s intent and culpability, the creation of a sufficient risk of harm, and the intervention and renunciation defense. The chapter concludes by focusing on particular crimes that are deemed inchoate on the basis of attempt, possession, conspiracy, or solicitation.

Keywords: inchoate crimes, criminal law, consummate crimes, intent, culpability, renunciation defense, attempt, possession, conspiracy, solicitation

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