Specific Intent Crimes
By Adam Balinski
Updated: November 23, 2022
Specific intent crimes require that you do a voluntary act “with intent to” cause a specific forbidden result.
- “With intent to” means you do the voluntary act with the purpose or substantially certain knowledge of causing the forbidden result.
Which crimes require specific intent?
You’ll get an A, if you remember the consonants in specific: A-SPCF.
- Attempt crimes.
- Property felonies like larceny, embezzlement, false pretenses, robbery, burglary, and forgery.
- First-degree murder, normally.
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About the author
Adam Balinski is a former TV reporter turned attorney entrepreneur. He founded Crushendo after graduating summa cum laude from BYU Law and scoring in the top 5% nationally on the Uniform Bar Exam. Adam is currently writing a book called, “The Law School Cheat Code: Everything You Never Knew You Needed to Know About Crushing Law School.”