The Fault Element in Attempts

R. A. Duff

in Criminal Attempts

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780198262688
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682384 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

The Fault Element in Attempts

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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

Chapter.  14459 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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