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When a person performs an act toward the commission of a crime but fails to complete the crime or is caught before completion that person can be charged with attempt to commit that crime. Convictions may be punished as follows.
If the offense attempted to be committed is punishable by life imprisonment, or for a term of imprisonment of 5 years or more, the person convicted of such attempt is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or up to 1 year in jail.
If the offense to be committed is punishable by imprisonment for a term less than 5 years, imprisonment in county jail, or by a fine, the offender of that attempt is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for up to 2 years, or up to 1 year in jail, or by a $1,000 fine. In no case, however, shall the imprisonment exceed one half of the maximum punishment which may be sentenced if the attempted offense had been committed.