Legal Impossibility: When Actors Intent To Commit Crime

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Legal impossibility “occurs when actors intent to commit crimes, and do everything they can to carry out their criminal intent, but the criminal law doesn’t ban what they did.” (pg. 288) A demonstration of legal impossibility would be if an individual entered into a book store with intentions to steal a book, not knowing that the book he stole was actually free. The law does not ban the action since the book was free of charge.
Factual impossibility is “occurs when actors intent to commit a crime and try but it’s physically impossible because of some fact or circumstance unknown to them interrupts or prevents the completion of the crime.” (pg.289) If an individual knowingly went to buy cocaine, but the product the individual brought was actually

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