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§ 939.32, Attempt – In General

State v. Brian D. Robins, 2002 WI 65, on bypass
For Robins: Craig W. Albee

Issue/Holding:

¶37. The crime of attempt is complete when the intent to commit the underlying crime is coupled with sufficient acts to demonstrate the improbability of free will desistance; the actual intervention of an extraneous factor is not a “third element” of the crime of attempt, although it is often part of the proof. See id. at 39-42; see alsoHamiel v. State, 92 Wis. 2d 656, 662-68, 285 N.W.2d 639 (1979). There is no statutory defense of voluntary abandonment once an attempt is completed, and this court has declined to create such a defense at common law. Stewart, 143 Wis. 2d at 45-46.

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