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A person can be charged with an attempted crime (such as "attempted robbery" or "attempted murder") even though not all the elements of the underlying crime were completed in order to be found guilty of the actual crime.
The following must occur for a person to be guilty of an attempted crime.
1.Criminal shows intent to commit a crime, and
2.the criminal comes dangerously close to successfully completing the crime but somehow does not complete all of the required elements.