substantive crime


: a crime that does not have as an element the performance of some other crime : a crime that is not dependent on another
indicted and convicted of conspiracy to attempt to enter the bank and the substantive crime of attempting to enter the bankUnited States v. Clay, 495 F.2d 700 (1974)

called also substantive offense

compare accessory, conspiracy

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“Substantive crime.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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