inchoate offense

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A type of crime completed by taking a punishable step towards the commission of another crime.  The basic inchoate offenses are attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy.  

The crime allegedly intended is called the target offense.  Except for conspiracy, inchoate offenses merge into the target crime.  This means that if the defendant is prosecuted for the target crime, attempt and solicitation cannot be charged as well.  However, both conspiracy to commit a crime and the crime itself may be charged.