Brief Fact Summary. Defendant was charged with attempted burglary after renting out space directly above a bank and drilling almost through the floor.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. The relevant factor to determine whether an attempt has been made is whether the acts of Defendant have reached such a stage of advancement that they can be classified as an attempt.
It is sufficient if it was the first or some subsequent step in a direct movement towards the commission of the offense after the preparations are made.View Full Point of Law
Issue. Whether Defendant’s acts went beyond mere preparation thus supporting a conviction of attempted burglary.
Held. The order is affirmed.
The relevant factor to determine whether an attempt has been made is whether the acts of Defendant have reached such a stage of advancement that they can be classified as an attempt.
Once that attempt is found, there can be no exculpatory abandonment, it does not matter whether the abandonment was voluntary or involuntary. It’s immaterial at this point that some collateral reason prevented him from completing his intended crime.
Discussion. There was substantial evidence that entitled the Trial Judge to find that Defendant’s acts had gone beyond the preparation stage. The most compelling evidence was the drilling activity and Defendant’s statement that the drilling was the actual commencement of his plan. Even with no direct proof of interception, which prevented his crime, this is irrelevant, although the court notes that Defendant became aware that the landlord had turned over his equipment to the police and that this could be seen as the intercept