General v. Specific Intent Crimes
A general intent crime is one in which the defendant desired to commit the act that served as the actus reus. A defendant who intends to do the act may be convicted of a general intent crime even if he did not intend to cause the result. A specific intent crime is one in which the defendant not only intended to commit the act that served as the actus reus, but something further, such as bringing about a particular result. Specific intent crimes include: assault, burglary, embezzlement, false pretenses, first-degree premeditated murder, forgery, inchoate crimes (attempt, conspiracy, and solicitation), larceny, and robbery.