Inchoate Offense Law and Legal Definition

Inchoate offense is a type of crime committed in furtherance of committing another crime. It is a conduct deemed criminal without actual harm being done, provided the harm that would have occurred is prevented by law. Attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy are inchoate offenses. The original crime to be committed is called target offense. In case of conspiracy, target offense and conspiracy may be charged separately. Whereas, attempt and solicitation merges with the original crime.