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Unformatted text preview: failure to act, however, can be a crime in situations in which an individual has a legal responsibility to do something. Tax laws and child-neglect laws are two examples. Threatening to act and attempting a criminal act can both be criminal offenses. Similarly, conspiring to commit a crime is illegal. Conspiracy statutes criminalize taking steps to carry out a plan to commit a crime. No crime without intent Intent pertains to the state of mind or mental attitude with which a person does an act. A synonym for intent, mens rea , literally means “guilty mind”. The mental design or purpose to commit a crime is the essence of intent. No crime without concurrence For an act to be a crime, both the act and the intent must occur at the same time....
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course CJ 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09