ATTEMPT CRIME (PENAL CODE §21A, 663, AND 664)
Not an offense in itself, but used to couple with another crime (Example: attempted assault, attempted burglary, etc.)
Attempt breaks down to two elements. First, a specific intent to commit a crime must be present. Second, there must be a direct but ineffective step that has been committed towards that intent. It should be noted that an attempt must be something more than just a plan or something that prepares for putting a plan into action.
Ordinarily, when one commits a crime as an attempt instead of the actual crime, the punishment is usually half of the crime itself.