Nevertheless, the presumption of innocence applies until the State proves guilt in court beyond a reasonable doubt.
Criminal Attempt, N.J.S.A. 2c:5-1
A person is guilty of an attempt to commit a crime if, acting with the kind of culpability otherwise required for commission of the crime, he:
- Purposely engages in conduct which would constitute the crime if the attendant circumstances were as a reasonable person would believe them to be;
- When causing a particular result is an element of the crime, does or omits to do anything with the purpose of causing such result without further conduct on his part; or
- Purposely does or omits to do anything which, under the circumstances as a reasonable person would believe them to be, is an act or omission constituting a substantial step in a course of conduct planned to culminate in his commission of the crime.
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