Cogitationis Poenam Nemo Patitur Law and Legal Definition

Cogitationis poenam nemo patitur means that “no one suffers punishment for mere intent.” No one is punished for merely thinking of a crime. However, if a crime is followed up by some act both the action and intention is punishable. If the act does not happen and there is a mere attempt, the attempt to commit the crime is also punishable. General rule is that, when an act is criminal, the intention is also criminal. However, intention alone without any action according to the intention is not punishable.