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INCHOATE OFFENSES Inchoate offense or an inchoate crime is the crime of planning for or seeking to commit another crime. It is defined as the crime in which no loss or harm has actually occurred but the loss that would have occurred is something the law tries to defend. Basic examples of inchoate offenses are conspiracy, attempt and solicitation (Gaines, Miller; 2006). The author thinks that criminal liability and punishment for inchoate offenses is fair and just enough. The thought is well supported by the concept of Mens Rea. Mens rea is the latin for ‘guilty mind’ (Elizabeth; 2003). It is one of the essential elements of any crime. The law says that a person’s acts are not criminal until unless his mind is guilty. This is a satisfactory notion. In author’s view person is not only given punishment for his criminal acts but also because that person can be a threat to the society in future also. Hence, criminal liability is fair for a person involved in an inchoate crime. It doesn’t matter that one has actually
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