Can you be charged with attempted murder if nobody was injured?

Asked on July 31, 2014 under Criminal Law, South Carolina


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You can be charged with attempted murder even if no one was injured.

A charge of attempted murder is going beyond mere preparation and committing an act in furtherance of the crime.

For example, someone shoots at another person with the intent to kill, but misses.  This would constitute attempted murder even though the intended victim was not injured.

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