The mere attempt to commit a crime may also be a crime. An attempt to commit a crime normally involves a specific intent. For instance, attempted murder involves the specific intent to kill. If someone’s intent, however, is only to cause serious bodily harm, then he or she cannot be guilty of attempted murder. Because attempt requires a specific intent, it is impossible to attempt a crime that by definition cannot be committed intentionally. For example, involuntary manslaughter cannot be attempted because it requires the wrongdoer to cause death unintentionally.
Another type of criminal behavior is solicitation. Solicitation involves a specific intent to engage in a particular type of criminal conduct. For example: If I offer to pay you $50,000 to kill my business partner, that constitutes solicitation.
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