What is Attempt to Commit Crimes in Florida?

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The crime of Attempt to Commit Crimes punishment varies depending on the crime being attempted. The punishment can range anywhere between a second-degree Misdemeanor that is punishable by 60 days in jail with a $500 fine all the way up to a first-degree Felony which is punishable up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The offense of Attempt to Commit Crimes occurs when: 

  1. A person did some act toward committing the crime of (enter appropriate crime here) that went beyond just thinking or talking about it.
  2. A person would have committed the crime expect that
    • Someone prevented him or her from committing the crime of (enter appropriate crime here), or
    • Person failed.

Some of the defenses in Destin, Ft Walton Beach, Crestview, Shalimar, and other areas of Florida are:

  • Person abandoned their attempt to commit crime or otherwise prevented it from happening.
  • Person did not act towards committing a crime.
  • Person would not have committed the crime.


Harriman v. State: On abandonment.

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