Criminal Attempt, N.J.S.A. 2c:5-1

Criminal Attempt, N.J.S.A. 2c:5-1, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerFans of Bruce Springsteen around the world know down the shore everything’s all right. Unfortunately, recent news suggests some problems there for one Jersey Girl. Indeed, Wildwood City cops recently charged a nurse with various crimes involving prescription fraud, per their news release. The investigation began when a victim reported a female of Asian descent for allegedly filling out prescriptions in his name. And the cops claim they verified this with the pharmacy. The investigation developed when police received a subsequent complaint of an Asian female’s alleged attempt to fill a fraudulent prescription. This time, the suspect had not left the premises. Consequently, the police arrested her. Additional investigations indicate the nurse allegedly forged prescriptions on more than one date. Therefore, the cops charged her with forgery, obtaining prescription by fraud, and criminal attempt, per the news.

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:

  1. Purposely engages in conduct which would constitute the crime if the attendant circumstances were as a reasonable person would believe them to be;
  2. 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
  3. 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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New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer Michael A. Smolensky, Esquire, knows how to protect his clients. Mr. Smolensky can provide confidential consultations in all cases involving Criminal Attempt under N.J.S.A. 2c:5-1.