substantive crime

noun

Legal Definition of 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/substantive%20crime. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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