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 the concept of 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. For example, under common definitions of these crimes, it's impossible to commit a burglary without committing a trespass. Look below for explanation of and the ins and outs to lesser included crimes.