In Pennsylvania, for Criminal Defense cases, attempting to commit a crime can land you with just as harsh as a punishment as actually committing a crime. A person commits an attempt when, with intent to commit a specific crime, Conspiracy he does any act which constitutes a substantial step toward the commission of that crime. Misapprehension of the circumstances that would have made it impossible for the accused to commit the attempted crime is not a defense to criminal attempt. You are able to use renunciation as a defense.

In any prosecution for an attempt to commit a crime, it is a defense that, under circumstances manifesting a voluntary and complete renunciation of his criminal intent, the defendant avoided the commission of the crime attempted by abandoning his criminal effort and, if the mere abandonment was insufficient to accomplish such avoidance, by taking further and affirmative steps which prevented the commission thereof. A renunciation is not considered “voluntary and complete” self-defense if it is motivated in whole or part by a belief that circumstances exist which increase the probability of detection or apprehension of the defendant or another participant in the criminal enterprise, or which render more difficult the accomplishment of the criminal purpose; or a decision to postpone the criminal conduct  until another time or to transfer the criminal effort to another victim or another but similar objective.

If you or someone you know is facing criminal attempt charges, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible regarding your case. A criminal defense attorney will be able to ensure that your case is receiving the best possible outcome.