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This post: https://law.stackexchange.com/a/7700/1272

Actually made me curious about attempting suicide is a crime in the USA?

Since in germany it isn't a crime.

Actually as far as I know, anyone knowing about it and not acting to prevent it would commit a crime.

But now I'm asking about the USA:

Is it a crime to attempt suicide?

  • Can you cite "Actually as far as I know, anyone knowing about it and not acting to prevent it would commit a crime."? I am fairly certain only specific professions are obligate to report any crime (therapists, teachers, police). If attempted suicide is not a crime then it is especially unlikely it is illegally not to report it. – Sam Mar 10 '16 at 15:25
  • I assume you could construct some case where not acting (by trying to stop the person, or by calling for help) when witnessing a suicide attempt is similar to not helping a car accident victim (the latter of which would be illegal at least in Germany dejure.org/gesetze/StGB/323c.html - no idea about U.S. though). – AnoE Mar 10 '16 at 18:03
  • @Sam not necessarily, see law.stackexchange.com/questions/3671/… – Dale M Mar 10 '16 at 21:36
  • @Dale M your link provides nothing to counteract my statement. "not necessarily" is not at all helpful. – Sam Mar 10 '16 at 21:41