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R. A. Duff

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262688

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262688.001.0001

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The Fault Element in Attempts

The Fault Element in Attempts

(p.5) 1 The Fault Element in Attempts
Criminal Attempts

R. A. Duff

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the fault elements in criminal attempts. It explains that it is commonplace to begin an analysis of criminal attempts with the fault element and that in a criminal attempt the intent is the principal ingredient of the crime. The relevant English law states that attempted criminal damage requires an intention to cause damage while its American counterpart requires the actor to have an affirmative desire to engage in the conduct or to cause the result that will constitute the principal offence.

Keywords:   fault elements, criminal attempt, intention, criminal law, offence

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