Lesser Included Offenses

Some crimes are, by their nature, inextricable.

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Whether the definition of one crime is tied to the definition of another can be a significant factor in the resolution of a case. That's where a concept like lesser included offenses comes into play. A lesser included offense is a crime that makes up part of a more serious crime. In other words, you can't commit the more serious one without committing the less serious one. Look below for explanation of this area—and related areas—of law.