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Lesser Included Offenses

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What are lesser included offenses?  These are crimes that contain the same elements as more serious charges.  One example is robbery.  Robbery is larceny by force.  You can think of larceny as theft.  You take someone's property with the intent to permantely deprive them. These are all elements of robbery as well.  However, robbery also includes the use of force or intimination.  The state can't convict you of robbery, larceny, and assault.  If you are convicted of robbery, then under the merger doctrine the lesser offenses are merged into the more serious offense. 

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