Attempt to Commit Arson Law and Legal Definition

Attempt to commit arson is a misdemeanor at common law. It is the intent to commit arson and a direct, ineffectual act done toward the completion of the offense.

The two important and essential facts to be established to convict a person of an attempt to commit arson are, first, intent to commit the offense; and, second, some overt act consequent upon that intent towards its commission. [State v. Taylor, 47 Ore. 455, 461 (Or. 1906)].