Advanced Criminal Law Transferred Intent

  • Rules of Law:
  • Transferred Intent: the state of mind a person has when about to commit a crime upon one person is equally applicable when the intended act affects another person.
  • General Rules: Makes one whole crime if there are only two halves.

    Does not multiply criminal liability

  • Test: Is the crime complete?

            Yes>> Stop. Intent can’t be transferred.

No>>Then transfer intent against unharmed intended target to unintended victim who suffered harm.

Concurrent Intent: intent for the crime applies to all victims despite an intent to target only one victim if the act is calculated to harm all within a “kill zone.”