Legal Question in Criminal Law in Minnesota

Attempted Suicide

Is it illegal in the U.S. to attempt suicide? I do not mean assisted suicides but to actually attempt this yourself.

Asked on 1/12/03, 7:08 pm

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Thomas C. Gallagher Gallagher Criminal Defense Services

Re: Attempted Suicide

I don't know whether there is federal law criminalizing suicide. There is, however, a Minnesota state law making suicide a crime (Minnesota Statutes Section 609.215) and another making attempt of a crime, including the crime of suicide, a crime (Minnesota Statutes Section 609.17).

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Answered on 1/13/03, 3:15 pm

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